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ARTILLERY AMMUNITION
155mm MODULAR CHARGE
SYSTEMS
MISSION
The modular propellant charge system (MCS),
which has been developed under the Nexter
Munitions’ prime contractorship jointly with
EURENCO France, replaces conventional
propellant charges.
Compared to the conventional propellant
charges, the modular propellant charge
system offers the following advantages:
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easier and quicker handing,
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increased rate of fire,
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simplified logistics (only 2 types of modules),
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no specific orientation of the charge in the barrel.
SPECIFICATIONS
The Modular Charge System (MCS) has been optimised through the definition of two propellant
charge systems:
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the Bottom Charge System (BCS), consisting of 1 or 2 similar Bottom Charge Modules (BCM),
particularly used for training purposes,
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the Top Charge System (TCS), consisting of similar Top Charge Modules (TCM), 3 to 5 for
39 caliber ordnance or 3 to 6 for 52 caliber ordnance,
• 
distinction safety: no risk error between BCM and TCM.
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Type
Linked, reversible and rigid modular charge
Weight
TCM: 2.8kg / BCM: 2.1kg
Propellant
TCM: multibase / BCM: single base
Igniter
Black powder (both TCM and BCM)
STATUS
In service.
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