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In-bore Detonation of Non-standard Ammunition, Testing a Russian T-55 Tank.


ADA532258

Publication Date 2010
Personal Author Reeves, S. J.; Scutti, R.
Page Count 35
Abstract On 21 May 2009 the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) was performing an accuracy and fire control test on a Russian T-55 tank at the H- Field Firing Range, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The three man crew, commander (also loading), gunner and driver were firing Russian designed 100-mm UBK-4M cartridge with the BK5M High Explosive Anti Tank (HEAT) warhead. Upon firing the second round of the day, a catastrophic incident occurred. The warhead exploded in the tank cannon rupturing the tube, killing the commander, fatally injuring the gunner and seriously injuring the driver. The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (CRC) team arrived on 23 May and initiated their investigation. The authors need to acknowledge the efforts of the CRC team in their thorough and professional investigation. Much of the factual information presented herein was obtained through the combined efforts of the CRC team and individuals in the unit. This paper provides general details surrounding the incident and address contributing factors. The conclusions and recommendations presented herein are those of the authors and not the findings, conclusions or recommendations of the Central Accident Investigation Board. Throughout the paper unless specifically designated otherwise the term 'unit' refers to that team within ATC that was responsible for executing the test and reporting the results. The unit is comprised of engineers and technicians with personnel ranging from less than 1 to 20 plus years of experience in the test, operation and maintenance of Russian designed equipment. The authors of this paper are members of the unit.
Keywords
  • Tank guns
  • Accident investigations
  • Russian equipment
  • Firing tests(Ordnance)
  • Ammunition
  • Detonations
  • Guns
  • Fire control systems
  • Gun barrels
  • Symposia
  • Ussr
  • Briefing charts
  • Heat(High explosive antitank)
  • Crc(Combat readiness safety center)
  • Bk5m munitions
  • Ubk-4m munitions
  • T-55 tanks
Source Agency
  • Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 79A - Ammunition, Explosives, & Pyrotechnics
  • 79D - Combat Vehicles
Corporate Authors Aberdeen Test Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.
Supplemental Notes See also ADM002313. Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board Seminar (34th) held in Portland, Oregon on 13-15 July 2010. Document contains briefing charts. The original document contains color images.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 201106
In-bore Detonation of Non-standard Ammunition, Testing a Russian T-55 Tank.
In-bore Detonation of Non-standard Ammunition, Testing a Russian T-55 Tank.
ADA532258

  • Tank guns
  • Accident investigations
  • Russian equipment
  • Firing tests(Ordnance)
  • Ammunition
  • Detonations
  • Guns
  • Fire control systems
  • Gun barrels
  • Symposia
  • Ussr
  • Briefing charts
  • Heat(High explosive antitank)
  • Crc(Combat readiness safety center)
  • Bk5m munitions
  • Ubk-4m munitions
  • T-55 tanks
  • Non Paid ADAS
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 79A - Ammunition, Explosives, & Pyrotechnics
  • 79D - Combat Vehicles
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