During the NATO IM Experts Working Party (IM EWP) meeting of AC/310 Sub-Group IV in September 1998, it was agreed to hold a joint meeting with NATO Group AC/258 on how the requirements for Hazard Class (HC) testing and IM testing might be combined.
It is well understood that munitions are intrinsically hazardous items, and hence the hazards that can result from a munition when it experiences a threat environment during its life will always be of concern to the user.
This document has been written in preparation for the January 2000 NIMIC Workshop on Small Scale Testing and Modelling. It tries to list the laboratory and generic tests performed on Energetic Materials.
In November 2000, NIMIC held the first part of a 2-part workshop entitled "Assessing the Risk and Cost Benefits Associated with the Introduction of IM" in Ottawa, Canada. It dealt with the Risk Issues associated with the introduction of IM into service.
Historical mishaps involving munitions or explosives have been widely reported in the past and will continue to be the headlines of the news in the future. The 2 main characteristics of these incidents are: