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MIL-HDBK-409 December 29, 1972
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LOGISTIC PROTECTION OF MISSILE WEAPON SYSTEMS
Includes all amendments and changes through Notice 1, December 9, 1981
Additional Comments: CNCL NO S/S
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SCOPE AND PURPOSE

This handbook is a compilation of current technology relevant to the logistic protection of missile weapon systems from the time of manufacture to their ultimate use. It is intended to provide guidance and basic requirements for the effective achievement of this objective.

The handbook is based on applicable Federal and Military specifications and standards, Service regulations, Departmental and Agency documents (including technical manuals, technical orders, and design handbooks, etc.), Federal regulations, and industrial data, etc., in effect at the time of publication.

The sources for the data in each chapter of the Handbook are identified by reference numbers following each subject coverage, and by a sequential listing of these references at the end of each chapter. In addition, references to other relevant documents are provided in-text. These in-text references were not used as source material for the text, and are not included in the reference listings.

Specifications, standards, and other publications issued by the Department of Defense can be obtained by the Services through regular channels. Private industry should request DOD documents from the procuring activity or as directed by the contracting officer.

Federal specifications and standards are available from the General Services Administration at regional offices, or from the Business Service Center, Washington, D.C.

The Code of Federal Regulations volumes are obtainable from the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. 20402. Industry and trade association documents are available from the publishers.

Because changes and modifications occur frequently, the reader should obtain the latest issues of the referenced documents.

The Handbook consists of nine chapters:

Chapter I. Introduction, describes the military policy for logistic protection of missile weapon systems, and summarizes the contents of the Handbook.

Chapter II. Logistics and Distribution Requirements, describes the logistic flow and distribution requirements, and describes the regulations for shipment of the missile weapon systems.

Chapter III. Transportation Considerations, describes the various transport types, their limitations, the transportation environment, and specifies the methods of protection of missile weapon systems during transportation.

Chapter IV. Handling Considerations, describes the various types of handling equipment, their limitations, terminal and port facilities, handling methods, and specifies the methods of protection of missile weapon systems during handling.

Chapter V. Packaging, Packing, and Shipment, describes the methods and procedures for preservation, packaging, and packing which will provide the maximum protection for missile weapon systems against the hazards encountered during handling, transporation, and storage. In addition, the chapter describes methods and procedures for shipment planning, consolidation, and marking.

It is suggested that readers not thoroughly familiar with the causes and effects of natural and induced environmental factors read Chapter VIII. Environmental Considerations, before starting Chapter V. Similarly, readers not thoroughly familiar with the causes and effects of deterioration of materials should read Chapter VII. Material Treatment and Considerations, prior to starting Chapter V.

Chapter VI. Storage Considerations, describes the various types of storage, their limitations, the storage environment, and specifies the methods of protection of missile weapon systems during storage.

Chapter VII. Material Treatment and Protection, describes the deteriorating effects of natural and induced environments on materials, and specifies the treatment required to protect materials from deterioration during transportation, handling, and storage.

Chapter VIII. Environmental Considerations, describes the environmental conditions to which the missile weapon system may be subjected during its life cycle – from time of manufacture to its ultimate use, and the effect of the environmental conditions on the missile weapon systems. In addition, the chapter describes the criteria for environmental testing.

Chapter IX. Human Factors Considerations, describes the human factors considerations in the logistic protection of missile weapon systems.