REVIEW NUMBER 5
Name the section of the launcher that houses
or supports all other components of the
RF barriers are used on 2.75-inch rocket pods
List the components that are common to
rocket launcher packages.
What device, found on all rocket launchers,
prevents loaded rockets from firing?
When is the detent pin in the rocket launcher
safe/arm device removed?
configuration, of a fully loaded LAU-10
ROCKET SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
safety precautions to follow when working with
aircraft rockets and rocket launchers.
The aircraft rocket is no more dangerous than any
other explosive weapon. It does have certain peculiar
accidentally fired, takes off under its own power in the
direction it is pointed, and threatens everything in its
path. When fired, an assembled rocket expels a blast of
burning gas capable of injuring or killing anyone it
strikes. Generally, rocket motors without a head
attached won't explode. It is a fire hazard since ballistite
or cordite N (SPCG) ignites easily and burns readily.
High-explosive heads, either fuzed or unfuzed, present
the same risk as gun projectiles under the same
conditions. Handle rockets, whether completely
assembled or disassembled, with extreme care to avoid
damage to parts.
Only personnel who are certified to handle rockets
should be in the vicinity of assembly operations. When
handling airborne rockets, rocket components, and
launchers, follow all safety practices that apply to
airborne armament and weapons. If practicable, all
work should be performed from the side of the rocket
Rocket motors should be stowed in the same
manner as smokeless powder. Never allow matches
and open flames in the stowage area. Smoking is
NOT permitted in the loading area within 200 feet of
ammunition. Do not stow rocket motors in the same
compartments with or near radio apparatus or antenna
leads. Induced currents might ignite the motor. Do NOT
fire rocket motors when the propellant temperature is
outside the safe-firing temperature limits specified on
the motor tube.
If a rocket motor is dropped and any portion
impacts on a hard surface after falling 2 feet or more, do
NOT use it. Cracks or breaks in the grain increase the
carefully calculated burning area and cause excessive
internal pressure buildup, which can cause the motor to
blow up after ignition.
Stow high explosive heads and fuzes (except fuzes
that are permanently installed in the head) separately in
authorized for the 2.75-inch and 5.0-inch aircraft
rockets according to NAVSEA OP 4 and NAVSEA
A fuze is relatively sensitive and must be handled
with care to avoid extreme shock that might cause
damage. Conduct fuzing, unfuzing, assembly, or
disassembly operations of all types of ammunition
away from other explosives and vital installations. Only
the minimum number of persons and rounds required
should be in the vicinity. The ideal situation is to permit
work on only one round at a time. This work should be
done on a deck or at some other location remote from
all magazines, ready stowage, explosive supplies, or
Examination of the exterior of some fuzes will not
show if they are armed. If, for any reason, you think a
fuze might be armed, the fuze should be treated as an
armed and sensitive fuze. You must NOT attempt to
remove it from the rocket head. The complete fuzed
round should be disposed of according to current
disposal (EOD) personnel should dispose of such
NEVER attempt to remove a base fuze from a
You should NOT tamper with (or attempt to repair)
any parts of the round. If the round is damaged or
defective, remove the head from the motor and mark the
defective part for return to the issuing agency.
Disassembly or alteration of rocket components is NOT
authorized except under specific instructions from
Naval Air Systems Command.