Propulsion Technology

MSIAC expertise in propulsion covers both propelling charges and solid rocket motors.

MSIAC addresses the safety concerns of propulsion from the design phase to the end of life, including testing and evaluation, and surveillance.

Current area of interest / work: 
  1. Development of Expertise in Propulsion
  2. Testing
  3. Insensitive Munitions Database
  4. Integrated Munitions Health Management - MHM
  5. Insensitive Munitions Policy



  1. Development of Expertise in Propulsion

  • Gathering information on new technologies related to rocket motor and propelling charge.
  • Answering Technical Questions and developing Technical Reports in the area of Propulsion Technology
    • Reaction mechanisms in Rocket Motors
    • Recent advances in propellant technology
A RAM-mixed Falcon K round being fired during the MSIAC visit;
picture courtesy of The Falcon Project ©       
Picture from Nitrochemie website

  1. Testing

MSIAC maintains a catalogue of Insensitive Munitions testing facilities and has recently published a catalogue of environmental testing facilities. The content of those catalogues is provided directly by the testing facility. In addition, in order to help the testing facilities assessing their capacity to perform IM tests, MSIAC has developed a self-audit procedure. To date, this procedure was used by 5 test centres. Reports of the self-audit are available on weblink.



  1. Insensitive Munitions Database

  • Advanced Insensitive Munitions Search - AIMS

AIMS is a web-based platform for quick and easy search of IM (Insensitive Munitions) Test Results. It combines the test results on munitions response to the six IM Threats: Fast Cook-off, Slow Cook-off, Bullet Impact, Fragment Impact, Sympathetic Reaction and Shaped Charge Jet Impact.

  • Mitigation Techniques for Munitions - MTM

MTM is a web-based application allowing the search of techniques and technologies to mitigate the reaction of munitions against IM threats.


  1. Integrated Munitions Health Management - MHM

MSIAC works on the Science & Technology aspects of Integrated Munitions Health Management through a collaboration with the AVT-212 group from the NATO Science & Technology Organisation. This activity led to a Cooperative Demonstration of Technology at NATO Headquarters where several nations got the chance to present the concept and the benefits of IMHM to key NATO stakeholders and representatives from NATO nations. A video summarizes the key elements that were presented ( and the technical report is available on weblink.

The user perspective was also collected by getting feedback from the nations on the use of dataloggers in storage and operations.

MSIAC is now involved in a SMART Defence Initiative within NATO with the aim of developping policy and guidance documents to foster implementation of IMHM capabilities.


  1. Insensitive Munitions Policy

Support is provided to update the Allied Publications related to the Response Descriptors, the Bullet Impact test, the Shaped Charge Jet attack and the Fragment Impact test for the CNAD Ammunition Safety Group SG/B.