O-095 A Review of the recent NIMIC IM Design Technology Workshop

December 2004
Ian J. Powell (Mitigation Methods)

From its initial concept in the 1970s, Insensitive Munitions (IM) have developed and are now recognised as one of the key considerations when designing and/or procuring munitions. The IM goals defined in AOP 39 and STANAG 4439 have provided much of the drive behind the progress made and there are now a wide range of different technologies and techniques that can be employed to reduce the vulnerability and response of munitions to unplanned stimuli. Although much of the technology has been reported at various symposia, until now there has been no single source that provides a snapshot of the current state-of-the-art of IM design. Such a source would be an invaluable tool for both procurement bodies and munition designers, as it would enhance their awareness of potential new technologies for IM design. This would increase the SHpe for incorporating new or novel IM technologies within new or existing munitions. As well as raising the profile of IM within the munition safety and design communities and munition procurement organisations, thereby providing further impetus in the drive towards IM inventories. In response to requests from its member nations, NIMIC held a workshop on IM Design Technology in 2003, with the principal aim being to produce an IM design technology state-of-the-art report. This paper provides an overview of the workshop and summarises its outputs.

Presentation details

This paper was presented to the IM & EM Technology Symposium held on 15-17 November 2004 in San Francisco, CA, USA