Thursday, October 28, 2004

Trick or Treat

Check out this detail from about the Phantom Weapons Cache. (Just in time for Halloween, no less. I know what my constume is going to be.) There's almost 400 tons of this shit loose in Iraq, Syria, or god knows where.

RDX [Cyclonite - Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine]

RDX stands for Royal Demolition eXplosive. It is also known as cyclonite or hexogen. RDX is currently the most important military high explosive in the US...

RDX is used as an explosive, usually in mixtures with other explosives, oils, or waxes. It has a high degree of stability in storage and is considered the most powerful and brisant of the military high explosives. RDX is used as a base charge in detonators and in blasting caps...RDX has limited civilian use as a rat poison.

HMX [Octogen - Octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine]

High Melting Explosive [HMX] is the highest-energy solid explosive produced on a large scale in the United States...

HMX explodes violently at high temperatures (534°F and above). Because of this property, HMX is used exclusively for military purposes to implode fissionable material in nuclear devices, as a component of plastic-bonded explosives, as a component of rocket propellant, and as a high explosive burster charge. The use of HMX as a propellant and in maximum-performance explosives is increasing.


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