To reduce risk of injury, JACADS personnel developed a machine that extends from an overhead crane onto each individual mine and lifts it to the accumulation conveyor line.
Instead, the JACADS team, together with the Army's Chemical Demilitarization Training Facility, developed a fuze-well removal station that automatically screws out the faze-well assembly, exposing the land mine's main explosive charge.
Preparations for the initial M23 land mine processing at JACADS resulted in the repalletization of the M23 land mines, the design and use of the mine gripper, the arming plug extractor, and the bottom faze-well assembly station as described above.
But Johnston Atoll's calamities started long before construction of JACADS began in 1985.
a defense industry source knowledgeable about JACADS, speaking on condition of anonymity, a nuke "went off the launch pad and cracked .
Since then, the Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization--the Army organization charged with destroying the nation's chemical-weapons stockpile--has processed over 399,000 rockets, projectiles, bombs, mortars, and ton containers and has eliminated over 1,961 tons of chemical agent at JACADS.
The JACADS team has had to overcome many hurdles to achieve success.
In May 1997, during the GB (sarin) nerve-agent campaign (the disposal of a specific agent and/or munition type), the Army faced a roadblock that threatened to delay the schedule at JACADS and cost the disposal program considerable time and money.
During the GB 155-mm projectile campaign at JACADS from May 1996 through May 1997, processing of the munitions was hampered occasionally when the fuse adapter on the projectile could not be removed.