Figure 2-9. M55. 115MM Gas Rocket, Cutaway View.
e. A wrecking bar for separating dunnage.
explosive components, do not subject it to rough
handling, static electricity, or high temperatures.
2-3 CHEMICAL PROJECTILES.
2-2.5 Safing Procedures.
2-3.1 Identification of Projectiles.
2-3.1.1 Dimensions and Markings. The shape
of chemical projectiles (classed as D.O.T. Class
The fuze will not arm because of trans-
A explosive/poison) (figs. 2-12 and 2-13) re-
portation accidents short of accidental
sembles those of comparable high-explosive pro-
firing of the rocket. If the rocket is
jectiles. Chemical projectiles are also similar in
separated from the shipping container,
construction to high-explosive ones of the same
check the electrical leads to assure that
caliber, except that the chemical rounds have a
they are shorted.
fuze adapter and no base plate. Chemical rounds
can be identified readily by nomenclature and
2-2.5.1 Palletized Rocket. A leak at the end cap
color coding. If the nose plug or fuze is missing,
requires removal of a leaking shipping-and-firing
a chemical projectile can also be identified by its
container from its pallet. The leak could be
burster well which is much longer than that used
sealed by strapping a sheet of butyl rubber over
in high-explosive shells. Dimensions, agent type,
both ends of the container, or by other patching
and quantities are listed in table 1.
2-2.5.2 Exposed Rocket. Assure that igniter
2-3.1.2 Shipping Configuration. The 155 mm
cables remain shorted together at all times. If
round (fig. 2-13) is palletized standing on its
the rocket motor seems to be damaged, unscrew it
base, with either 8 or 12 rounds to the pallet.
from the warhead. Patch all leaks and repackage
The 8-inch (fig. 2-13) is also palletized on its
base, but with either 3 or 6 rounds to the pallet.
Normally, the explosive components of the 155
mm and &inch rounds are shipped separately.
The 105 howitzer cartridge (fig. 2-14) is packed,
STR or alternate decontaminant.
as a complete semi-fixed round, into a fiber or
The toxic agent patching kit.
plastic tube. Two tubes are inserted into each
Metal shears for cutting steel straps.
box. The boxes are then palletized with about
Two strap wrenches for separating the war-
18 boxes to the pallet. The 4.2 mortar rounds
section from the rocket motor.