Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles|
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
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SLUFAE (Surface-Launched Unit, Fuel-Air Explosive) was a mine clearing system, which was developed by the U.S. Army and Navy in the mid to late 1970s. The whole system consisted of a 30-tube rocket launcher mounted on an M548 tracked vehicle. The SLUFAE munition was an unguided rocket, designated 345 mm HE Rocket XM130. It consisted of a 45 kg (100 lb) BLU-73/B FAE warhead, a 5 inch "Zuni" rocket motor with a circular tail fin, and a long nose fuze. When exploding a few feet above the ground, the FAE warhead created a very large overpressure, which was intended to set off or destroy any land mines within a certain blast radius. By firing SLUFAE rockets successively ahead, a path through a mine field could be cleared. Inert SLUFAE training rounds were designated as 345 mm Inert Rocket XM131.
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SLUFAE was tested in the 1976/77 time frame. Although SLUFAE (and other FAE systems) was reportedly rather successful in clearing mines, it was not adopted for production and service.
Data for SLUFAE rocket XM130:
|Length (w/o fuze)||2.38 m (7 ft 9.7 in); fuze: 1.86 m (6 ft 1.4 in)|
|Diameter||34.5 cm (13.6 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|Propulsion||5-Inch solid-fueled rocket|
|Warhead||45 kg (100 lb) BLU-73/B fuel-air explosive|
 Christopher Chant: "World Encyclopaedia of Modern Air Weapons", Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1988
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