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1 United States Munitions Demilitarization Priorities & Capabilities
NATO RTO AVT-115 Meeting 12-14 September 2007 Mr. Larry Nortunen Defense Ammunition Center McAlester, OK

2 Agenda Goals Stockpile Priorities Demilitarization Capabilities Global Demilitarization Symposium and Exhibition

3 Demil Enterprise Goals
Reduce the Demil Stockpile Emphasize Closed Disposal Implement Resource Recovery and Recycling Promote Design for Demil Match Demil Execution Infrastructure Capability and Capacity to Execution Requirements Use Strategic Planning to Guide Operational Action Pursue, Transition and Integrate R&D Technologies that Close Capability Gaps Safety and Environmental Stewardship

4 Stockpile (~500,000 tons) by Family
HI ICM & CBUs HC HE CTGs HB HE Bombs PC Propellant Charges SC Misc and Incinerable HD High Explosive “D” PD Propellant Munitions SF Fuzes

5 Top Priorities PROJ, 155MM M483 Bomb, GP 750# M117 CTG, 105MM M1
CBU-71/B and CBU-58B

6 Closed Disposal Demilitarization
HE Cartridge Disassembly Explosive Components Projectile Propellant Inert Components

7 Prime-Deprime Machine
Ammunition Peculiar Equipment (APE) APE 1002M3 Defuzing Machine APE 1106M2 Prime-Deprime Machine

8 Missile Recycling Center (MRC)
MLRS Motor entering nozzle removal station Access Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) warhead & motor Removal of Center Core Burster Nozzle separation exposing propellant grains

9 Closed Disposal Demilitarization
SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGE HE Cartridge FUZE PRIMER Disassembly Projectile Explosive Components Propellant Inert Components

10 Destructive Technologies
Closed-Loop Demilitarization Explosive Components Destructive Technologies Waste Gases APE 1236 Deact Furn Wet Scrubber Clean Gas Plasma Ordnance Disposal System Clean Metal Contained Burn Slag Contained Detonation Commercial Disposal Hydrolysis Hydrolysate

11 APE 1236 Deactivation Furnace
Small arms ammunition, primers, fuzes & boosters Flash: mm projectiles

12 Contained Detonation 155mm HE & smaller HE projectiles and miscellaneous ammunition items, parts and/or components

13 CAD/PAD Hydrolysis Project
Cartridge/Propellant Actuated Devices (CADs/PADs) Currently processing 11 types of CADS Residual Metals require flashing prior to recycling

14 Closed Disposal Demilitarization
PROJECTILE HE Cartridge HE CHARGE Disassembly Explosive Components Projectile Propellant Inert Components

15 Closed-Loop Demilitarization
Projectile Explosives Removal Conv to Energetics Induction Heating Explosives Recycled Clean Gas Expl Cont Solid Expl Rework MSO Solid Waste Meltout Expl Cont Liquid SCWO Clean Water Gas

16 APE 1401 Autoclave Meltout 75mm, 105mm, 8inch, 750 lb bomb
Removes energetic from item for reclamation Variations at McAlester AAP, Hawthorne Army Depot and proposed in Korea

17 Explosives Rework TNT/Tritonal
Re-flakes melted-out TNT for reuse in new munitions loading

18 Closed Disposal Demil HE Cartridge Disassembly Explosive Components
PROPELLANT HE Cartridge Disassembly Explosive Components Projectile Propellant Inert Components

19 Closed-Loop Demilitarization
Stability Testing Recovered Propellant Propellant Conversion Propellant Slurry Organic Fertilizer Mining Charges

20 Propellant Conversion
Large grain gun propellant conversion to slurry mining charges

21 Closed Disposal Demil HE Cartridge Disassembly Explosive Components
PROJECTILE CARTRIDGE CASE HE Cartridge ROTATING BAND Disassembly Explosive Components Projectile Propellant Inert Components

22 Closed-Loop Demilitarization
Inert Components Decontamination Hot Gas Decontamination APE 2048 Flashing Furnace Commercial Flashing Furnace Clean Metal

23 Hot Gas Decontamination
Decontaminate munition items with trace energetics - up to 750 lb bombs

24 Flashing Furnace Transportable Flashing Furnace to decontaminate munition items with trace energetics - up to 750 lb bombs

25 2008 GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION
Global Demil Symposium 2008 GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION 5-9 May 2008 Salt Lake City, Utah For more information Phone:

26 Demil Summary Safe – Efficient – Environmentally Acceptable
No “Silver Bullet” for demil of all munitions MIDAS Analysis: Ammunition Families Tons (vs. quantities) Capabilities Global Demilitarization Symposium and Exhibition – May 2008, Salt Lake City, USA


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