proximity fuze


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proximity fuze

n.
An electronic device for detonating a warhead as it approaches a target, used in antiaircraft shells. Also called VT fuze.
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proxim′ity fuze`


n.
a device for detonating a charge, as in a projectile, within a predesignated radius of a target.
[1940–45]
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proximity fuze

A fuze wherein 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 fuze or emitted by the target, or by detecting a disturbance of a natural field surrounding the target.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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This order, which was signed in 2012, has a total value of SEK11.2m and comprises of production and delivery of MAPAM 60mm ER (extended range) with proximity fuze and MAPAM 81mm standard configuration.
As Professors Haynes and Klehr remarked, when Rosenberg was employed on a classified military project at Emerson Radio, he "achieved a singular espionage coup, stealing a working sample of the proximity fuze, one of the most innovative advances of American military technology in World War II." The 2001 memoirs of Julius' KGB case officer Aleksandr Feklisov--entitled The Man Behind the Rosenbergs--describe some 50 occasions when Julius passed along secrets for Stalinist Moscow.
In addition, the ammunition is equipped with a new programmable microwave proximity fuze for the 2.5-kg warhead, anticipating the detonation point as function of the miss distance.
Russia's Bryansk Electromechanical Plant is reportedly marketing the new SPR-2 proximity fuze jamming system.
But the SA-11 is a member of a class of weapon that carries a fragmenting warhead with a proximity fuze. If a missile like that functioned as designed, it would cause damage like that evident in the debris of Flight 17.
Along with the other changes, a new proximity fuze has been introduced: a dual-mode type with radar and IR sensors.
When used with a Fuchs Electronics proximity fuze set to function at a pre-selected height above the target surface, the resulting combination of body fragments and steel spheres can cover a lethal area of about 2000 metres.
* A new 9M31 IM missile (replacing the 9M311) with a range increased from 8 to 10 km and possessing a new radar proximity fuze in place of a laser proximity fuze, which increases the kill probability against cruise missiles