The MSIAC PM directs the daily activities relating to planning, managing, and co-ordinating MSIAC within the guidance provided by the MSIAC Steering committee and in accordance with the provisions of the MOU.
MSIAC continues to support many of the products and services that have been developed over previous years. This includes answering technical questions, holding technical meetings and workshops, providing training, writing technical reports, supporting the NATO ammunition safety group AC326, and updating and developing tools to support the munition safety community.
2018 brings a number of new work streams and efforts. Of particular note is the workshop on Improved Explosives and Munitions Risk Management to be held in Granada, Spain, 10-14th September 2018. More information is available on the website and in the newsletter. We also have a number of new work elements in addition to our ongoing projects and usual activities. These include:
- Ageing and Degradation of Pyrotechnic Compositions (Stokes Fellow). Rebecca Miller has joined the MSIAC team to work on improving understanding of ageing of flares. Ageing, life assessment and failure mechanisms are not well understood for pyrotechnic compositions. The aim of this project to gather information on types of flare compositions and carry out a life-cycle analysis to determine key/critical factors that will affect their life.
- Emerging Technologies for Gun Propelling Charges. This programme of work will review research and development activities in the area of gun propelling charges.
- Material Defects – Definitions, Tests and Principles. This work will begin MSIAC has been requested to provide assistance with defining defects for rocket motor, warhead, bomb and gun launch munitions. The work will review current pass/fail criteria development and methods/principles used to rate defects. The work will culminate with a workshop planned for 2020
- Emerging Minimum Smoke Propellants. This effort will involve review of open research and development activities in the area of minimum smoke formulations for tactical rocket motors.
- Database of Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards to Munitions. To assist the community, a common database will be developed to share information to calculate safe separation distances between transmitters and susceptible munitions.
As always, I would like to encourage you to get involved in our programme of work during 2018. Please feel free to send us an e-mail requesting more information or to be kept informed or involved on any of our work elements. More information can also be found on the web site under the Areas of Expertise section https://www.msiac.nato.int/areas-of-expertise