CHEMICAL SPRAY TANKS
Chemical spray tanks are containers which are
designed for external use on aircraft for the
dissemination of toxic chemical agents, smoke, and
incapacitating chemical agents.
Aero 14B Spray Tank
The Aero 14B spray tank is a pressure-controlled,
combination storage container and airborne dispersion
munition for chemical warfare agents,
Aero 12 Aircraft Chemical Tank
The Mk 12 chemical tank is designed to generate a
smoke screen capability for high performance aircraft.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Recognize the
safety precautions to follow when working with
bombs, fuzes, and associated components.
Most fuzes contain a charge of high explosives and
must be handled carefully. When compared to the
burster charge, the amount of explosives is small;
however, the explosives in fuzes are much more
sensitive. Fuzes are manufactured to meet all safety
requirements when used properly. However, the safety
features designed in any weapon or explosive
component are only as reliable as the person using them.
Fuzes are packed in sealed, moistureproof
containers, and should not be unsealed until they are
required for use. Fuzes unpacked and not used should
be returned to their original condition, repacked, and
dated. Once the hermetic seal is broken, these fuzes
should be used before those that are still hermetically
sealed. Mk 344 or Mk 376 electric fuzes that have been
removed from their sealed containers and whose
shipping caps have been removed and repacked for
more than 30 days must be disposed of according to
Additionally, dispose of electric
fuzes exposed to excessive moisture, regardless of
length of time.
Fuzes must be handled carefully at all times and
should never be dropped, tumbled, dragged, or thrown.
They should not be struck with a hammer or any tool,
either to open the container or to align them in a stowage
Fuzes should not be packed or unpacked in the
When a fuze is unpacked, it should be
examined to ensure that the shipping seals are intact and
that the arming stem is not unscrewed Safety cotter
pins, shipping wires, and seals should be left in place
until the arming wire is assembled into the fuze. Arming
vane assemblies must not be bent or distorted.
The hazards of bomb ammunition will vary,
depending on the types and quantities of explosives
involved. Regardless of the particular weapons being
handled, potential hazards are always present.
Explosive bomb ammunition is hazardous because of its
tendency, when detonated, to set off all explosive
material that is near it.
Although bomb ammunition containing high
explosives causes greater injury to personnel and loss of
equipment, the improper handling of practice bombs
causes more frequent injury to personnel. When
handling practice bombs, the weight factor alone can
cause severe injury or even loss of limb. Dropping a
practice bomb, even a short distance, with a practice
bomb signal cartridge installed can cause the cartridge
to detonate, resulting in severe and permanent injury to
Accidents are prevented through good design,
testing, and careful handling of ordnance. Safety
precautions must be followed, All personnel involved
in weapons handling must be briefed on particular safety
precautions before actually handling weapons, All
personnel who handle ordnance must be qualified and
certified. Newly assigned personnel, still under
training, are assigned as crew members and never
permitted to work alone until they are fully qualified and
Specific safety precautions for bomb ammunition
are outlined in the publications for the specific
ammunition and the aircraft loading manuals.
REVIEW NUMBER 11
What is the maximum length of time that the Mk
344 and Mk 376 electrical tail fuzes can be used
after they are removed from their container?
In what location should you never pack or
unpack fuzes ?
Why is explosive bomb ammunition hazardous?
Handling ________ causes more injuries than
handling ________ .