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Hazard Analysis Techniques Performed on the M109 Howitzers Fire Control

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Hazard Analysis Techniques Performed on the M109 Howitzers Fire Control System
Table of Contents
Executive Summary……………………………………………………………………3
Introduction…………………………………………………………………………… 4
Description of System………………………………………………………………….5
Cannon Tube Subsystem……………………………………………………………….5
Hydraulic Subsystem…………………………………………………………………...6
Sighting Subsystem…………………………………………………………………….6
The methodology of Analysis………………………………………………………….7
Recommendations and Conclusions………………………………………………….13
Acronyms…………………………………………………………………………….14
References…………………………………………………………………………….15











Executive Summary
Howitzer is one of the mostly used artilleries across the globe for military purposes. It is essential in firing ammunitions to destroy the enemy. The devices require proper handling as it involves dangerous practices that may cause severe destructions in case of any negligence. The study sought to evaluate the kind of exercises that can help protect the howitzer crew and the howitzer itself from damage due to mistakes associated with its operations. It began with reviewing various subsystems of the howitzer such as the hydraulic system, the cannon tube subsystem, and the sighting subsystem. The study evaluated the multiple components of the howitzer system to highlight the risks associated with those parts. After the review of the subsystems, the study focused on various hazards associated the howitzer regarding its materials, operations, software, hardware, system, and services. It realized that most of the risks related to howitzer could lead to either injury to the crew or the destruction of the device. Since most of the injuries involved in the howitzer are fatal, the study realized the importance of adhering to the PPE to prevent the occurrence of the hazardous. The risks involved in the howitzer management ranged from poisonous gases, radiation, and explosions. Thus, the personnel need to be cautious when using the howitzer and report any security issue to the relevant authority and medical problems to medical staff.






Introduction
Howitzer is the type of artillery that has a short barrel and usually used to propel ammunition by using relatively small propellant charges. Howitzers have been in use for quite a long time, and they formed a significant component of artilleries employed by the European armies in the past decades. Howitzers exist in many forms such as the M1A1, M109 and the M141. Ericson (2015) highlights that during a military activity, the army organizes howitzers in groups called battery charged for a specific operation. The artillery uses several types materials that may be dangerous to the human health. Besides, operating the machine requires a lot of safety mechanisms to enable the personnel to avoid injuries during operation since a single mistake may result in severe injury or even death of personnel charged with its service.
Some of the ammunition used in howitzer have poisonous chemicals, and the...

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Date:   04/06/2018

Category:   Business School

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