The multiple rocket laudl?&r was designed to permit quick clearance of atank path through a field 5f.-antitank mines. This is effected by projectingrockets into the mine field ahgad of the moving tank where their explosion willdetonate the mines in a sufficiqfitly wide arid deep path for the tank to proceedsafely.
Six three-rail clusters, each &aining three 10% inch rockets, are placed inline at an angle of 45Oin an armor$ launcher box on a 6-ton Athey track-trailerchassis. The launcher box is fastked to the chassis by a cradle-type mountingwhich provides automatic and conateral leveling up to a l$angle of tilt.The rocket shell consists of a
inch diameter cylindrical body with ahemispherical ogive and a conical hS5?.1ts length is approximately 4 feet. JITallthickness is 1/10 inch. The shell is eqdped with a bomb nose fuze, AN, 31120A1,which is modified by decreasing the
time from 2.5 seconds to
further modification is the additioFwf an 18 inch nose extension rod whichprovides an air burst of the ammunition, thereby greatly reducing the crateringeffect. Tests indicated craters about 6 inches deep and 10 feet in diameter.
4.5inch T22 Rocket Motor is fastened to the conical base of the shell. A largecylindrical fin is attached to the nozzle end of the motor.
Rockets are fired elecGically while the tank and
are in motion bvmechanism mounted on the launcher. This mechanism hres one rocket ever;
feet of travel.
manual safety switch is mounted inside the tank.
is possiblefor the launcher to be jettisoned at any time by a remotely controlled explosivelink that can be detonated from within the tank.
is calculated that the equipment in its present form will havemore than 85probability of clearing a straight tank path with a minidividth of 12 fe,
test firing of 18 rounds was conducted in a cratered fieldmined with indicatmines similar to German Teller Mines and buried to a rfiinimum depth of
inches. Cratering by explosive charges further buried the miws to a total depthof 5 to
inches. The rounds were fired in sequence at
foot intervals and thetank and launcher proceeded through the field without encountering a live mine.The depth of the mine field was 270 feet.At two successive intervals the rocketsfailed to fire due to one mechanical and one operational malfunction. Thisresulted in a gap in the path that narrowed the cleared area*to a width ofapproximately 15 feet. With the exception of the narrowed g;eared pahad
minimum width of 54 feet.
is estimated that with the best design of materiel ar Inition
maximum depth of mine field through which a path can be cleared
rockfrom one launcher is 500 feet.