technology - a new, innovative,
economical, patent-pending manufacturing technology destined to shape the
future development of fragmentation warheads and penetrating projectiles.
In the fragmentation munitions industry, it is often desirable for designers/engineers to incorporate a pattern of shallow notches on the internal and/or external surfaces of cylindrical steel warhead cases.
The benefits of such a design are widely known throughout the industry in that the case, when subjected to the internally mounted explosive charge, tends to break up in a more uniform manner...thereby yielding a more consistent fragment size as well as a more controlled and uniform fragment dispersion.
The typical method of manufacture of such cases involves the utilization of an automatic machine that rotates the case while a sharp cutting tool scrapes the notches into the surface, one at a time, in a manner similar to single point thread cutting on a lathe.
However, experience has shown this approach to have many drawbacks.
The tremendous amount of machine time, labor, and wasted material...along with astronomical tooling costs, all add up to making this method extremely inefficient and in most cases, cost-prohibitive. As a result, this method is incapable of satisfying large-scale, mass production needs.
In an attempt to overcome this problem, Miltec
decided to explore a totally different approach altogether.
With this new technology, warhead designs that
were once cost-prohibitive or impossible to manufacture, are now economical