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The M48 series point detonating fuzes offer selection between superquick or 0.05 second delay action, and are used primarily to detonate Smoke, WP ammunition in calibers 75mm, 90mm and 4.2-inch.

The M48 series fuzes have a PD head assembly containing a firing pin held in position by a firing pin support which prevents initiation of Detonator M24 until impact. The fuze body contains an M1 delay plunger assembly and an interrupter assembly with a setting sleeve which provides a means of setting or selecting fuze PD (Super Quick Action) or delay functioning The delay plunger assembly includes a firing pin and Delay Element M2. The delay element includes Primer M54, a black powder delay charge and Relay M7. The delay plunger assembly of the M48A2 fuze comes with delay times of 0.05 seconds or 0.15 seconds, the time delay being stamped on the fuze body. The head assembly is attached to the body by means of the flash tube which also positions the fuze windshield or ogive. The ogive is a thin-walled steel stamping utilized to provide an aerodynamic shape to the fuze.

The M48A3E2 is designated M572E1 when assembled with Booster M125A1.

Hazardous Components

No information about hazardous components.

See Also

PD, Mk 30 Mod 0-2

PD, Mk 30 Mod 3


TM 43-0001-28, Artillery Ammunition (chg 11, 2003)

MIL-HDBK-146, Fuze Catalog (1982)

TM 9-1300-203, Artillery Ammunition (1967)

TM 9-1385-51, Ammunition (Conventional) for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (1967)

TM 9-1904, Ammunition Inspection Guide (1944)