Cybernet Systems Corporation has been awarded a subcontract under the Ordnance Technology Base Agreement for the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to create a partially automated process to dismantle cluster bombs that is safer and less costly than current manual processes. This includes removing the fuze, booster, linear shaped charge and bomblets from the main Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU).
Along with the removal and bundling of the individual parts is the removal of the bomblet fins to allow for easier cryo/kiln processing. The system picks up the rounds from a loading area, brings them into the disassembly area, and the various components removed are placed on the transport conveyors for removal and disposal, storage, or other demilitarization.
This effort provides a number of direct benefits to the Army and other services. First, the automation can be used to decrease the cost associated with disassembly of CBU stockpiles. Second, the automation technologies can be used to increase safety to those working in and around the disassembly of the CBU stockpile.