proximity fuse


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proximity fuse

[präk′sim·əd·ē ‚fyüz]
(ordnance)
A fuse that detonates a warhead when the target is within some specified region near the fuse; radio, radar, photoelectric, or other devices may be used as activating elements. Also known as influence fuse; variable-time fuse; vt fuse.

proximity fuse

A fuse in which the primary initiation occurs by remotely sensing the presence, distance, and/or direction of a target or its associated environment by means of a signal generated by the fuse or emitted by the target or by detecting a disturbance of a natural field surrounding the target.
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Crosley ended up producing almost 25 percent of the more than 22 million proximity fuses manufactured during the war.
It uses a missile with a proximity fuse that detonates near any target flying through the air after the radar has detected the incoming munition.
jet aircraft, surface-to-surface missiles, and proximity fuses, could have made the Allied air offensive more expensive (by destroying more bombers)" (p.
We fired 20 rounds of high explosive ammunition with proximity fuses, then 12 rounds of white phosphorous ammunition.
Located in Macunkoy facilities, the Division has design, development and production capabilities of military and professional radio equipment, field telephones, voice/data encryption devices, communication systems, proximity fuses, and professional equipment such as computer controlled bank alarm systems, TV transmitters/ transposers, GSM Mobile Telephone.
Instead, I would like to have seen more on other technologies that played substantial roles in the war, such as proximity fuses, hedgehog depth charges, and US code-making (paradoxically much less covered than the familiar German Enigma).
There has been some controversy about the use of proximity fuses during that period.
He worked on proximity fuses for rockets and bombs.
Large-quantity procurements of proximity fuses and sonobuoys, although clearly electronic devices, have also typically been purchased as expendable munitions.