Patent Number: 6,332,403

Title: Ammunition cartridge with electrically ignited propellant charge

Abstract: An ammunition cartridge with electric propellant ignition includes a combustible case having a length dimension, a rearward end closed by a metal case bottom and a front end; a combustible propellant powder contained in the case; and an electrically insulated high-voltage electrode passing through the case bottom into the case. The electrode has an outer end situated externally of the case and is connectable to a current source and an inner end situated within the case. A current distributor is situated within the case and is electrically connected to the inner end of the electrode. At least three conductor wires are electrically connected to the current distributor and extend at least partially parallel to the length dimension within the case through the propellant powder. An electric contact arrangement is situated within the case in the front end thereof and is secured to the case. The electric contact arrangement is electrically connected to the conductor wires and has externally exposed contact locations which are connectable to an electrically conducting component externally of the case.

Inventors: Weise; Thomas (Unterluss, DE), Haak; Hans Karl (Unterluss, DE), Scherge; Wolfgang (Hermannsburg, DE)

Assignee: TZN Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Unterluss GmbH

International Classification: F42B 5/00 (20060101); F42B 5/08 (20060101); F42B 005/08 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018