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(23)A Mechanical Tail Impact Fuze
Bombs Used In: Brand, 10 kg; NB, 2 kg; SG, 3 kg; single unit flare.
Color: Treated metal
Material: Steel.
Possible Actions: Instantaneous.
Arming Times: 3 turns of arming spindle.
Principal Markings: None.
Secondary Markings: None.

This fuze is constructed entirely of steel and the unpainted body is devoid of markings. The fuze is formed of two main portions, the fuze body and the strike mechanism. The body consist of a steel collar, externally threaded to screw into the missile, and a steel housing seated within the collar. A retaining ring, screwed into the upper portion of the steel collar, retains a steel block. The steel block forms a cone shaped seating. A similar seating is formed at the base of the steel housing. Fitted between the two conical seatings is the striking mechanism, consisting of the the striker, striker guide, and detonator cap holder. The striker has a rounded head which sits in the upper conical seating. The striker is drilled to house the two diametrically opposed steel retaining balls.
    The striker guide is a sliding fit over the striker and screwed to its base is the detonator cap holder. The holder is rounded and seats upon the conical seating of the steel housing. Between the striker head and the detonator cap holding is a creep spring.
    An arming rod screws into the steel block, passing into the striker and forcing the steel balls outwards. A lug formed on the arming rod, forms an anchorage for a steel wire, 4.5 inches long, to the other end of which is attached an arming wire.

All information for this entry were acquired from Army Technical manual TM 9-1985-2/Air Force Technical Order TO 39B-1A-9 GERMAN EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE (Bombs, Fuzes, Rockets, Land Mines, Grenades & Igniters)


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