Guided missile handling functions for naval air
stations or shore-based squadrons are the same as
shipboard functions except for the obvious difference
in working environments. Space limitations are not as
critical ashore and allow for an increase in handling
Other details of missile handling, such as MOAT
(missile on aircraft test), supply procedures, missiles
firing reports, quality deficiency reports, and loading
procedures, are discussed in the appropriate chapters
throughout this manual.
REVIEW NUMBER 8
What concept simplified the handling of
guided missiles at the user level/
The responsibility for assembling individual
missiles rests with ____________________.
What is the purpose of a Naval Air Weapons
Maintenance Unit (NAWMU)?
safety precautions to follow when working with
Safety precautions have been established for each
particular type of missile. All missile handling must be
carried out according to the approved local safety
regulations of the ship, depot, or wherever the work is
being done. All of the safety precautions cannot be
discussed in this chapter. However, some of the general
safety precautions are as follows:
Observe detailed precautions. Follow specific
instructions for each type of guided missile. You
will find the specific instructions in the manual
issued for each particular type of aircraft.
Keep work areas clear of obstructions, loose
cables, hoses, and any unneeded equipment
during missile assembly and testing. Permit only
assigned personnel engaged in the work in the
area or vicinity of the missile.
Use only the authorized handling equipment
with any missile, or any missile section,
component, or related parts, including shipping
crates and containers.
Make sure that all electrical equipment used in
shielded and grounded. Also, avoid injury from
sharp edges often present on nose assemblies,
wings, and fins. After assembly, cover all sharp
edges with protective covers.
Use tools specified in the missile manual when
assembling missiles. Do not force any unit. If it
does not fit or function properly, determine the
cause and correct it before proceeding.
Before connecting igniters in missile motors,
check the firing leads for stray or induced
voltages and for static charges.
Before handling any piece of ordnance material,
inspect the safety device to be sure that it is in a
SAFE position. If not, the unit must be made
safe by experienced personnel before further
work is performed.
The wing servo units in many missiles are
supplied with primary power by means of an
accumulator charged from gas bottles (or
nitrogen; both of which contain pressure. Use
extreme caution when charging accumulators
and when handling the gas bottles or containers
in which the gases are stowed.
When testing for leaks in a gas container, use
When cleaning hydraulic units, use only the
cleaning solvents or other materials specified in
the particular missile publication.
Keep your hands and other parts of your body
clear of exhaust vents when working with test
equipment that uses high pneumatic pressure.
When any hydraulic unit is disassembled for
workbench is thoroughly cleaned of dirt and
Missile ordnance materials, including rocket
motors, igniters, fuzes, warheads, and in some
according to the specific procedures authorized
in the appropriate publication.