Item: New long range control methods
Title: New long range control methods
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: Marty Schmoker and Mike Stanford, Washington State Department of Transportation, Avalanche Control, P.O. Box 98, Wenatchee, WA 98826, Telephone: (509) 664-1257, Fax: (206) 973-2402
Abstract: With the depletion of 105, and 75 mm recoilless ammunition over the last few years, and the recent accident involving the 106 recoilless rifle ammunition causing a general uneasy feeling among gunners, it has become clear that new, reliable methods for controlling destructive snow slides is still needed. Some areas have been able to augment their control with increased hand routes, Gazex, Locats, or Avalunchers. There are some places however that still do require the use of an accurate, long range delivery system to control avalanche paths. Over the last few years, the Washington State Department of Transportation Avalanche Control division has been conducting tests with several different options; The 105mm howitzer, the S.S.E. LoCAT, and the M60A3 tank. Given the many considerations an agency has when adopting a new control method, no one system will most likely stand out as the tell all answer to everyone's problem. It is our intention, to relay our findings concerning the M1Al 105 Howitzer, and the M60A3 Tank. Having gone completely operational with the Howitzer, we have been able to work through most of the problems someone may encounter. In addition, having the M60A3 tank in place and firing under control conditions, we are confident that most of the main concerns with it's operation have also been addressed. Topics covered are, maintenance, storage, availability, blind firing capabilities and reliability, range, training concerns, and winter time operation.
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Keywords: howitzer, recoilless rifle, tank
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