L-093 The Contribution of Packaging to reduced Vulnerability Munitions
Packaging is a key component part of a munition system. It provides the necessary protection against the expected service threats throughout the munitions lifecycle so that it can function as designed when removed from the packaging (or on launch from a canister). Packaging also provides protection against accidental or unplanned stimuli, reducing the likelihood of munition initiation and/or mitigating any explosives effects. This paper provides a review of current packaging designs that provide or enhance the IM characteristics of the associated munitions. The key factors that affect the IM signature of the associated munition are identified, together with a review of the state of the art of packaging technology as well as a summary of the current shortfalls in technology.