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1 1 Wes Thompson by: Tactical Missile Recycling at the ANMC MRC BRIEFING AMCOM

2 2 Army Tactical Missile Systems Class 1.1 Propellants Clean Burning/Detonable HELLFIRE TOW CHAPARRAL Class 1.3 Propellants Smoky/Nondetonable HAWK MLRS PATRIOT

3 3 Recycling is the Alternative to OB/OD

4 4 What is a Missile Recycling Capability? Environmental Compliance: Recycling is the Future, and the Future is Now Major MRC Modules -Missile Disassembly - Energetics Processing -Rocket Motor Denozzling - Slurry Explosive Manufacturing -Propellant Removal - Hardware Decontamination -Warhead Explosive Removal - Material Handling & Shredding Equipment -Energetics Size Reduction > 98% of TOW missile components are recyclable - Missile Warheads - Guidance & Control Packages - Rocket Motor Propellants - Airframe Components - Rocket Motor Cases - Shipping Containers Warhead Explosive S&A System Actuator Gyro Batteries Electro Optics Launch Motor Igniter Flight Motor Electronics

5 5 ANMC – MRC Module Locations Building 381 Missile Disassembly Processes N Building 65 Slurry Explosives Manufacturing EPM Site Ingredient Extraction & Recovery

6 6 ANMC – MRC Building 381 Existing vacant building has been upgraded to accommodate MRC modules Work cells for Missile Disassembly Propellant & Warhead Separations Hardware Recovery

7 7 ANMC - Building 381

8 8 MRC Disassembly Module Disassembly of TOW MissileMajor Hardware Components Disassembles missile into major subsystem components Segregates rocket motors, warheads, and inert hardware components for recycling operations

9 9 MRC Disassembly Module

10 10 MRC Disassembly Module Electronic Units from TOW Disassembly Air Frame Components from TOW Disassembly Launch Tubes from TOW Disassembly > 98% of TOW Missile Components are Recovered for Recycling

11 11 MRC Denozzling Module Removes aft closure (nozzle) from forward motor section Provides access to rocket motor propellants Damage free recovery of motor hardware Launch Motor Denozzling TOW Launch Motor Flight Motor with Nozzle Removed TOW Flight Motor Flight Motor Denozzling Launch Motor with Nozzle Removed

12 12 TOW Launch Motor Denozzling Bay TOW Launch Motor Denozzling Machine MRC Denozzling Module Launch Motor Components

13 13 TOW Flight Motor Denozzling Bay TOW Flight Motor Denozzling Machine MRC Denozzling Module

14 14 MRC Propellant Removal Modules Provides low cost/high rate method for efficient propellant removal Recovers cartridge loaded and case bonded propellants for recycling Vertical Milling Machine Squib & Retaining Nut Removal Machine

15 15 TOW Squib & Retaining Nut Removal Machine MRC Propellant Removal Module TOW Double Base Cartridge-Loaded Grain TOW Squib & Retaining Nut Removal Machine

16 16 TOW Igniter Assembly Removal Machine MRC Propellant Removal Module TOW Igniter Assembly Removal Machine Squib and Igniter Assembly Components

17 17 MRC Propellant Removal Modules Vertical Milling Machine Typical Propellant Chips Cutting Head Motor Case Holding Fixture

18 18 MRC Propellant Removal Module

19 19 Removes entire explosive warhead billet from outer casing Separates warhead explosive from shaped charge liner MRC Warhead Explosive Removal Module Warhead Billet Removal Machine Warhead Billet Splitting Machine

20 20 MRC Warhead Explosive Removal Module Warhead Billet Removal Machine

21 21 MRC Warhead Explosive Removal Module Warhead Billet Splitting Machine

22 22 Warhead Billet in Contact with Knives LX-14 Split from Cone Aluminum Warhead Casing Recovered Shaped-Charge Copper Cone Recovered MRC Warhead Explosive Removal Module

23 23 Energetics Size Reduction After Size Reduction Before Size Reduction MRC Energetics Size Reduction Module Reduces the size of recovered bulk energetic materials Provides granulated feedstock for energetic material recycling

24 24 MRC Energetics Size Reduction Module

25 25 Located at Redstone Arsenal Pilot plant provides technical basis for full-scale engineering development EPM extracts, separates, and recovers propellant and warhead oxidizers Redstone Pilot Plant Energetics Processing Module (EPM)

26 26 Oxidizers Recovered from Propellants and Warheads Recovered AP Recovered RDX Recovered HMX

27 27 MRC Energetics Processing Module Recovers high value, energetic oxidizers (HMX, RDX, & AP) from propellant and warhead feedstocks Recovers and recycles liquid ammonia processing solvent within a closed-loop system Extraction Vessel On-going EPM Construction Vertical EPM Tower

28 28 MRC Energetics Processing Module Installation of the EPM Ammonia Charging Hopper

29 29 MRC Slurry Explosive Manufacturing Module Slurry Mixer Mining Explosive Product Incorporates ~20% of a low value energetic material into a commercial Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) mining explosive

30 30 MRC Slurry Explosive Manufacturing Module

31 31 ANMC – Building 65 Slurry Explosive Manufacturing Planned MRC Slurry Explosive Manufacturing Site

32 32 MRC Hardware Decontamination Module Flashing furnace decontaminates missile hardware components Decontaminates non-combustible metal to 5X cleanliness Limited to 5 pounds of net explosive weight (NEW)

33 33 Provides for material transport and shredding of inert missile components MRC Material Handling and Shredding Equipment Module

34 34 MRC STATUS AT THE ANMC Installation of the following modules at the ANMC was completed 30 September 02 - Missile Disassembly Workstations (QTY:3) - Warhead Billet Splitting Machines (QTY: 4) - Launch Motor Denozzling Machines (QTY:4) - Squib Removal Machines (QTY: 4) - Flight Motor Denozzling Machines (QTY:4) - Igniter Assembly Removal Machines (QTY: 4) - Warhead Billet Removal Machines (QTY: 4) Installation of the remaining MRC modules will occur during FY Vertical Milling Machine (QTY: 2) - Hardware Decontamination Module (QTY:1) - Energetics Size Reduction Machines (QTY: 2) - Energetics Processing Module (QTY: 1) - Slurry Explosive Manufacturing (QTY: 1) During this current LRIP phase, 5,000 TOW missiles are scheduled to be processed by 30 SEP 03 THE FULLY INTEGRATED ANMC MRC WILL HAVE A CAPABILITY TO RECYCLE >15,000 TOW MISSILES PER YEAR

35 Wynn Drive, Bldg 300, Suite 314 Huntsville, AL POC: Wesley Thompson Director of Engineering Services Phone Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about our team capabilities US Army Aviation and Missile Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center Redstone Arsenal POC: Dr. William Melvin Technical Program Manager for R3 Technologies Phone: DSN


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