Armored Composite Ammunition Pressure Vessel

Period of Performance: 04/20/1999 - 10/20/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

DE Technologies, Inc.
100 Queens Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


We propose to develop an advanced ammunition container system that not only meets environmental and handling requirements but also provides armor protection against impacting threats and reduces the response of the stowed ammunition to an acceptable level when encountering an overmatched threat. The design of the ammunition boxes will be accomplished by an integration of advanced armor-system and composite rocket motor casing technologies. The integration of these two technologies is essential since both ballistic protection and containment of high pressure gases are simultaneously required for proper function of this component. The desired result of an overmatch threat engagement is to contain the stowed munition by preventing ejection from the container, while at the same time venting any gases to the exterior of the vehicle. There are three elements that must be addressed in the design effort; armor protection from external medium-level threats, containment of the reacting 30mm ammunition, and venting of overpressure gases. This increased protection of ammunition within the combat vehicle will improve the vehicle's ability to carry out its mission with a reduction in both the risk to the crew and the vulnerability of the system. This will also lead to satisfying IM specifications and vehicle survivability requirements.