Item: The French Avalancheur
Title: The French Avalancheur
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: Andre R. Eybert Berard, Gilles R. Borrel
Abstract: The use of military weapons in order to release avalanches has always been prohibited in France. Therefore, at the beginning of the seventies, people in charge of the avalanche release project at the ANENA decided to import an American avalauncher. It was modified and reinforced to remove several drawbacks and a more powerful projectile was designed which contained liquid explosive. As liquid leakages were noted and several misfires occured, a new, more reliable, projectile has been designed. It includes: a stabilizer (caliber: 83 mm.) with a 2-gram cap and the priming system, an aluminum tube (length: 1.8 m. - diameter: 40 mm.) which contains the self neutralizing liquid explosive, and a watertight conical plastic head. This new generation projectile manufactured by the Ruggieri Co. offers a working security of more than a 99%.
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Keywords: blasting, explosives, artillery, avalancheur, arrow
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