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System integration of the XM29 combat rifle: results and program status
Author(s): Eric Brindley; Jack Lillie; Pete Plocki; Robert Volz
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Paper Abstract

At the time of the 2004 SPIE Defense and Security Symposium the optical, electrical and mechanical components of the fire control system for the PDRR program phase of the XM29 combat rifle were being delivered and the build of the systems was about to begin. In the following four months the hardware was integrated and extensively tested in both laboratory and field environments. Fully tested fire control units were delivered to Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in August '04. The XM25 rifles, the weapons for delivering the 25 mm High Explosive Air Burst (HEAB) rounds of the XM29 system, were delivered to Alliant a few weeks later. After only twenty days the weapon, fire control, system battery and ammunition system components were successfully integrated and the first demonstration of air burst fuzing of the 25 mm high explosive rounds was conducted successfully. This paper presents test results for the 2&1/2 lb fire control system with its 25-μm uncooled thermal imager, direct view optics, laser rangefinder and low power fuzing electronics. The paper also discusses the HEAB testing and provides an update on the XM29 program and the progress towards a Milestone B decision.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5783, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI, (31 May 2005);
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Eric Brindley, Alliant Ordnance Systems (United States)
Jack Lillie, U.S. Army RDECOM-CERDEC, NVESD (United States)
Pete Plocki, L-3 Brashear (United States)
Robert Volz, U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5783:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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