Reconfiguration of Mortar Rounds Begins

Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant ordnance technicians open a wooden box containing a 4.2-inch mortar round. Baseline reconfiguration of the mortar rounds began April 12.
Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant ordnance technicians open a wooden box containing a 4.2-inch mortar round. Baseline reconfiguration of the mortar rounds began April 12.

Four pallets of 4.2-inch mortar rounds were delivered to the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant April 12, beginning the process of baseline reconfiguration.

“A total of twelve rounds were safely reconfigured today. We began the process slowly, safely and in a procedurally-compliant manner,” said Jacob Torres, operations superintendent, PCAPP. “The team has been training hard for this. We plan on taking the time we need to do it right.”

More than 97,000 mortar rounds are in their original packaging and will go through baseline reconfiguration to prepare them for destruction.

The reconfiguration process for mortar rounds consists of opening the shipping box to remove the fiberboard tube containing the munition. Each munition is removed from its tube and monitored for leaks. Multiple components, including the ignitor cartridge and propellant wafers, are removed. The mortar round is then placed into the twin spindle removal machine where the pressure plate and other parts are removed. At the end of this process, the rounds are palletized and considered ready for destruction.

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