Obs Msr 11756003

M48a3 Fuze

Type Classification:

Std OTCM 36841 dtd 1958 OBS MSR 11756003 (M48A3).


The M48 series point detonating fuzes offer selection between superquick or 0.05 second delay action, and are used primarily to detonate Smoke, WP ammunition in calibers 75mm, 90mm and 4.2-inch.


The M48 series fuzes have a PD head assembly containing a firing pin held in position by a firing pin support which prevents initiation of Detonator M24 until impact. The fuze body contains an M1 delay plunger assembly and an interrupter assembly with a setting sleeve which provides a means of setting or selecting fuze PD (Super Quick Action) or delay functioning The delay plunger assembly includes a firing pin and Delay Element M2. The delay element includes Primer M54, a black powder delay charge and Relay M7. The delay plunger assembly of the M48A2 fuze comes with delay times of 0.05 seconds or 0.15 seconds, the time delay being stamped on the fuze body. The head assembly is attached to the body by means of the flash tube which also positions the fuze windshield or ogive. The ogive is a thin-walled steel stamping utilized to provide an aerodynamic shape to the fuze.


No action occurs until after the projectile has left the muzzle of the cannon, when centrifugal force withdraws the flash tube interrupter if SQ action has been selected, thus opening the flash tube. At the same time, the delay plunger is armed in preparation for impact by centrifugal withdrawal of the plunger lock pins. Upon impact, the superquick firing pin is driven against Detonator M24, exploding the

Srojectile if the SQ mode has been selected. hould the superquick element fail, the delay train is also armed and will serve to detonate the projectile, thus avoiding a dud. When the fuze has been preset for delay the superquick firing pin and detonator still function but have no effect, because the flash tube interrupter is prevented from moving, and functioning is solelv the result of the delay element.

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