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Technical Intelligence Brief No-3-68 Communist Bloc Projected Munition Fuzes Vietnam-1968

Technical Intelligence Brief No-3-68 Communist Bloc Projected Munition Fuzes Vietnam-1968

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thisclassificationareimprovedmodificationsofearlierknownfuzes.Theyareallmechanical,point-detonating,impacttYTesthataredesignedtofunctionreliablyonlightmaterialtargets.TheaircraftgunfuzesappeartohavebeenbaseduponWorld
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typesofprovenreliability.Insomeinstancesexactcopiesofinternalelementshavebeennoted.Inother'cases
German
mechanicalprincipleshavebeenassimilatedwithSovietmunitiondesigns,resu1t-~nginacomposite,highlyeffectivedesign.TheSovietantiaircraft
gun
fuzesallemploypyrotechnic
t:rpe
self-destructfeatures.Preciselythesameprinciplesareemployed
in
f~zesused
in
weaponsfrom
23mm
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57mm
calibers.Thepurposeoftheself-destructfeatureistodestroytheprojectilesthatmisstargets,atanaltitudewherethefragmentingprojectilewillnotendangerfriendlygroundunits.
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secondary
pur-pose
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as
apsychologicalfactorinpreventingaccuratebombing.\tIloftheSovietaircraftandantiaircraftfuzesarebore-safe.Thismeansthattheyareprovidedwithmechan:i.calfeaturesdesignedtopreventthefuzefromarmingwhileinthetubeoftheweapon.Someoftheearlierfuzesarenotdetonator-safebyJ.mericanstandards,whichmeansthattheexplosivetrainisnotinterruptedtopositively
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bore-safeanddetonator-safefuzes.ThisisevidencedbytheintroG~:-tionofthe
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Soviemhavegreatconfidenceintheabilityoftheirammunitiontowith-standmoistureduetothesmallamountofattentionbeinggiventoweatherproofpackingcontainers.SovietshipringcontaL~er9arelittlemorethanameansofprotectingthea.mmunitionfrom
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orpaintedblackwithanadditionalcoatingofvarnishorepoxytoinhibitexternalcorrosion.Ifthefuzeiscadmium-plated,theexteriorepoxyorvarnishcoatingisstillapplied.Somefuzeshavebeenseenwithcoloredlac~ueronthenose.Thesignificanceofthecolorhasnotbeendeterminedbutithasbeennotedthatnotallfuzesofaspecificdesignation,producedbythesameplant,havethecolormarking.l-i
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