The newest Millennium.The US Navy recently completed testing of Lockheed Martin's Millennium Gun (an Oerlikon Contraves Oerlikon is a Swiss anti-aircraft artillery manufacturer made famous by its Oerlikon 20 mm autocannon design of 1914, used in the First and Second World Wars, and still in use today. development) in an effort to validate and qualify the naval cannon technology for fleet self-protection. The Millennium typically fires bursts of eight Ahead rounds at a rate of 1000 rounds per minute. Each Ahead round is individually programmed to expel a cloud of 152 razor-edged cylindrical tungsten pellets just ahead of the target. These will shred any aluminium airframe to pieces, and recent tests have also proven that they could prematurely trigger the fuze fuze
n. & v.
Variant of fuse1.
Noun 1. fuze - any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant
fuse, primer, priming, fuzee, fusee of incoming mortar bombs. The US Navy has funded ground testing familiarisation Noun 1. familiarisation - the experience of becoming familiar with something
experience - the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; "a man of experience"; "experience is the best for Navy personnel and validated the Ahead lethality on a selection of target ranges. Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. has supplied the gun system and technical assistance for the testing sessions.