Figure 3-28.ADU-299/E missile launcher adapter.
GUIDED MISSILE HANDLING
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the
methods used in guided missile handling afloat
The establishment of the all-up-round (AUR)
concept simplified the handling of guided missiles at the
The AUR concept has improved the
reliability, availability, and logistics support of current
guided missiles used by fleet activities.
The service life of an AUR missile begins at a naval
ammunition depot (NAD) or a naval weapons station
(NWS). The NAD or NWS receives the individual
components of a missile from the manufacturer. The
NAD or NWS assembles the components to make up a
complete round, performing the required operational
checks and tests. The AUR is then packed into a missile
container and is stored as RFI (ready for issue). The
missile logbook is also packed inside the missile
container. The missile logbook is compiled from the
operational records that are received with each
component. This logbook remains with the missile until
the missile is either expended (fired) or disassembled.
Mobile missile maintenance units (MMMUs) are
assigned to areas close to overseas operating forces.
Generally, they are located at a naval air station (NAS)
or a naval magazine station (NAVMAGSTA). The
purpose of MMMUs is to upgrade missiles from a
non-RFI (not ready for issue) status to an RFI status.
This prevents the time-consuming and costly procedure
of shipping non-RFI missiles from overseas operating
areas back to the United States for component
replacement or scheduled checks and tests, This quick
turnaround time increases missile availability to
deployed operating units in the fleet.
Under the AUR concept, missiles are received
aboard ship in containers completely assembled except
for the wings and fins. Depending upon the particular
missile and the type of container involved, the wings and
fins may or may not be shipped in the same container as