Combat Safe Insensitive Munitions Program

The U.S. Navy has grave concerns about conventional munitions and propellant systems since all munitions are stored on maritime platforms. It is critical that conventional munitions display maximum insensitivity when stowed, handled, carried or otherwise exposed to friendly forces and environments, but have sufficient energy/lethality to perform mission expectations reliably. This balance between sensitivity and performance is at the focal point of the Combat Safe Insensitive Munitions (CSIM) program.

A secondary factor imposed upon naval platforms reflects ordnance performance and load outs. To deliver the greatest lethality weapons, the highest performance munitions/energetic compositions are required. To assist the Navy in meeting this requirement, the Advanced Energetics Materials Program is exploring new ways of thinking about delivery of energy on target and ways to enhance performance while increasing or improving insensitive munitions characteristics.

CSIM will enable enhanced platform survivability, reduced operational and logistic burdens, improved operational tempo efficiences with respect to munitions load out and sortie generation rates, and reduced energetic material sensitivity toward initiation by external stimuli without reducing performance.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Chad Stoltz

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 35

Division: Aerospace Research


Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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