“The standard deviation in Muzzle Velocity is reduced by 50% by identifying the specific lot number of the ammunition being fired and using the Muzzle Velocity for that specific lot to compute a more accurate ballistic solution.” — RDECOM-ARDEC 17 May 2005

Coupling mortar safety devices and muzzle velocity measurement and programming systems provides improved crew safety and operational performance.

Mortar Accidents occur regularly with NATO forces. Crews do not distinguish a misfire from a proper functioning cartridge, leading to a double-load.

Unit / LocationYearMortar TypeKilledWoundedProbable Cause
Greek Army
Glafyra’ firing range in Magnesia
201581mm31No Announcements Yet
US Marines (Nevada)201360mm78Double loading and Hang Fire
Romanian Army2010Unspecified33Double loading
British Army198281mm32Double loading
US Army (Hawaii)200681mm14Double loading
Ukranian Army2008120mm13Double loading
Finnish Army2005120mm15Double loading
Total192645 Casualties

Coupling a safety device to muzzle velocity measurement and post shot programming provides for an automated programming for the next generation of MOFA fuze programming.

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