Recoil Reduction Adapter Characterization
Bomb disposal technicians use robotic platforms to remotely position and fire explosively actuated disrupters against IEDs to access or defeat these devices. The high recoil forces of these disrupters have caused damage to the manipulator system of the robotic platform when fired. TSWG sponsored the evaluation of the Recoil Reduction Adapter (RRA), developed by the manufacturer of the Percussion Actuated Non-electric (PAN) disruptor. NAVEOTECHDIV testing verified that the RRA reduces the recoil force of the PAN by varying degrees, dependent on the type of round fired, and lessens the potential for damage to the robotic platform used to fire the disruptor. Testing also identified problems with certain PAN rounds, and the manufacturer of the rounds voluntarily took measures to resolve these. The final test report is available to the bomb disposal community to assist in their selection of rounds when using the RRA. Requests for additional information on the test report should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for information on the RRA should be sent to Ideal Tool & Manufacturing Co., Inc. at email@example.com.