Distant Runner Results
DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY WASHINGTON DC
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The QD criteria now in use in Europe for the separation of hardened aircraft shelters housing aircraft loaded with explosives from other resources and for the separation of explosive storage sites or operating sites from runways, taxiways, and other AC shelters were derived from standards for AC parked in the open and are generally considered overly conservative. Over the past 5 years and after lengthy discussions analysis only 2 small reductions out of the many applicable QD factors have been approved. At this point, and with 2 major policy decisions, one by the DoD Explosive Safety Board That further reductions would not be considered without supporting test data, and the other DoD That all new construction would be sited waiver free, it became apparent that a major test program was necessary if any further QD reductions were to be achieved. DISTANT RUNNER is the nickname for this program. It was primarily directed at addressing the suitability of current explosive safety quantity- distance QD criteria for the hardened Air Force third-generation aircraft shelters and adjoining runways and taxiways.
- Ammunition and Explosives