Recent Advances on the Design of Lightweight Dismounted Disruptors
In recent decades, there has been an ever-increasing need to reduce the weight of the weapon systems carried
by combat personnel in the United States Army. This need is the thrust behind the weight reduction initiative for the disruptor
systems used by the Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) community. This work evaluates the conflict between
weight reduction in dismounted disruptors and the dynamic performance of these systems during operation. This
work also describes a recently-patented dismounted disruptor system designed to satisfy both the need for system weight
reduction without compromising the dynamic performance of the system. The recently-patented disruptor is a variation of
the Mk 2-the standard caliber .50 disruptor currently used by EOD teams of all military services in the United States.
Keywords: Caliber .50 disruptor, EOD, lightweight disruptor, Mk 2 disruptor.
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