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Project HARP 16 inch
Project HARP 16 inch
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Family: Gun-launched. Country: Canada.

Once the fundamental design flaws of the Martlet 3A vehicle were identified the system was redesigned and a new vehicle, the Martlet 3B, was created.

The Martlet 3B vehicle was similar in design to the 3A vehicle but sported several design changes intended to improve the system performance. The first major change was to replace the aluminium airframe with a alloy steel airframe in the hopes the stronger material would lead to higher mass fractions. Other improvements included the use of a larger diameter rocket motor (increasing the outer diameter to 8 inches / 20 cm) and the use of six fixed fins instead of the 3As four fins.

Martlet-3A SabotMartlet-3A Sabot - Martlet 3A in its sabot. Martlet 3B was similar.

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The Martlet 3B was used to test a wide variety of variations in rocket motor types and launch techniques in order to fully explore the dynamics of sub-calibre gun-launched rockets. This included shear loading and hydraulic loading techniques, the use of radial and end burning rocket motor grains, as well as the use of composite and extruded propellants produced by four different agencies. Unfortunately there was no major improvement in the vehicle performance over the Martlet 3A in terms of vehicle mass fraction or the structural performance during the gun launching.

The last test flights of the Martlet 3B were performed in mid-1964 after which no further work was performed by HARP on sub-calibre gun-launched rocket vehicles.

by Richard K Graf


Total Mass: 180 kg. Core Diameter: 0.2 m.

Martlet 3B Chronology

- 1964 June -

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