This issue of the Journal of Applied Mechanics contains 25 scientific papers presented at the 27th International Symposium on Ballistics (ISB), organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI,, Freiburg i.B., Germany, on behalf of the International Ballistics Society (IBS, and in collaboration with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA,, USA.

Symposium Chairman: Dr. Matthias Wickert, EMI

Symposium Vice Chairman: Dr. Manfred Salk, EMI

IBS President: Dr. Ian Cullis, QinetiQ, UK

At the Symposium, about 50 oral papers and about 215 posters, totaling about 265, will be presented. Of these papers, 59 were submitted for review by this Journal. Finally, 25 were approved and published in this issue! All papers published by the Journal were duly peer-reviewed and approved according to the normal established practices and criteria of this Journal, independently of any review and paper selection carried out by the IBS...

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