The current major design drivers for modern-day weapon systems include the increasing demand for both improved performance to defeat new or perceived future targets and for improved insensitiveness of the weapon system to unplanned, accidental stimuli.
Frédéric Peugeot (Warhead Technology) Sjoerd P.J. de Bruijn (Royal Netherlands Military Academy)Ian Powell (Propulsion Technology)
For a long time, NIMIC has been promoting the use of modeling, protocols, small scale testing, generic testing, data on similar munitions or munitions using the same or similar EM, and expert analysis in order to aid in the prediction of munitions IMness or Safety and to increase the confidence i
International efforts, particularly amongst the MSIAC member nations, between 1979 and 2004 to develop, demonstrate, and implement composite (reinforced plastic) rocket motor cases in tactical missile programs, with an emphasis on the use of the latest generation high-strength graphite (carbon) f
Joint Collaboration by CPIA and MSIACMichael J. Fisher (CPIA, JHU, USA) Thomas L. Moore (CPIA, JHU, USA)Harry J. Hoffman (CPIA, JHU, USA)Ian Powell (Mitigation Methods)
The world has significantly changed over the last 20 years. The NATO Nations operational concepts have evolved since the end of the Cold War from its East/West opposition in Central Europe to the current Force Projection concepts.
After a three-year transition period that started in 1988, NIMIC was formally established in 1991 as an Information Analysis Center (IAC) dedicated to Insensitive Munitions. Over the years NIMIC has effectively supported the development and implementation of IM technologies.
As a response to the recommendations from the NIMIC Cost and Benefits Analysis workshop (Sweden, June 2001), NIMIC has developed the Cost Benefit Analysis Model (CBAM) and started its distribution at the end of 2003.
One of the stimuli specified in NATO STANAG 4439 on Insensitive Munitions (IM) requirements, and in the national IM policies of France, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States is fragment impact, or fragment attack.
In recent years, NIMIC has been striving to encourage the use of small-scale testing in Insensitive Munitions assessments. Indeed, small-scale testing increases the ability and confidence of designers to understand, predict and, as a consequence, reduce the hazards associated with munitions.
In recent years much interest has been generated in a quality of RDX which, when incorporated in PBX formulations, can confer reduced shock sensitivity. Clearly, this is of interest to the Munitions Design community who strive towards reducing the vulnerability of munitions.