Monday, October 21, 2013

96th passes 2,000th sled mission

Warhead sits ready to launch. Courtesy photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 96th Test Wing reached an historic testing milestone this summer. The 2,000th sled test mission was conducted at the 96th TW's Kinetic Energy Munitions Test Facility (KEMTF) at the Eglin Test and Training Complex Test Area C-74. The 2,000th test was conducted in support of fuze development for the Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze program. The sled tests were to demonstrate performance and shock survivability of the fuze during simulated target environments at both ambient and cold temperatures when installed in two different warheads. The variety of testing that can be conducted at the KEMTF, operated and maintained by InDyne, includes penetration tests, warhead survivability, fuze function, aeroballistics, simulated loft dispersion, transportation container evaluation, and simulated captive flight test of systems. (Source: 96th Range Group, 10/21/13)