US Cartridge, 81mm Smoke, WP, M375A3

 

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Description

This cartridge is used to produce a screening smoke and as an incendiary device against personnel and materiel.

The complete round consists of a projectile body with burster assembly a PD or proximity fuze a fin assembly that includes a cartridge housing, a propellant charge including two types of increment charges, an ignition cartridge, and a percussion primer. The base of the projectile is externally threaded to accept the fin assembly. Surrounding the fin assembly are four horseshoe-shaped Propelling Charge M205 increments. Each Propelling Charge M205 increment consists of a nitrocellulose container holding approximately 400 grains of propellant M10. A protective plastic propelling charge support surrounds the four propelling charge increments. The projectile nose is fitted with an internally threaded adapter designed to receive the fuze and hold the burster assembly. The burster assembly consists of a burster casing containing a small RDX burster charge. The burster casing is press-fitted into the adapter in the nose. The projectile is loaded with a white phosphorous filler. The fins are canted at 5 degrees at the rear to spin-stabilize the projectile in flight.

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Source(s)

Collaborative Ordnance Data Repository

TM 43-0001-28, Artillery Ammunition (chg 11, 2003)