TDW GmbH with support from BAE Systems Munitions has demonstrated a technology being developed to allow military forces to select the explosive output in theatre – commonly known as ‘scalable effects’ or ‘dial a yield’.
The technology, an enhanced version of TDW GmbH’s RADIUS (Range Adaptable Device Incorporating Unique Scaling) system was demonstrated to an international audience on 21 October at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence’s Otterburn Test Range.
The RADIUS technology will allow military forces to control the effects of any blast / fragmentation or penetrator warhead between 10% and 100%, allowing them to focus on the chosen target and reduce collateral damages.
To perform the test, TDW GmbH integrated the technology into two identical Mk 82 500lb general purpose bombs containing the same quantity of explosive. Two separate firings were carried out at the same day – one at minimum output and a second one at maximum allowing a clear comparison of effects.