posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 02:05 PM
Originally posted by HowardRoark
I believe that most shaped charge explosives have oxidizers “built in”
All explosives have their own oxidizer!
Whether it is in separate compound (black powder) or all (fuel&oxidizer) in same molecule.
Mechanism of shaped charge is little kinda like using magnifying class (and sun's heat).
It sents high speed jet of molten metal which causes so huge pressure to target that even steel acts like liquid.
Behind target's surface it kills with fragments of melted metal.
Also kinetic energy rounds (APDS&APFSDS) causes "burst" of high speed metal fragments inside target.
So igniting fire is just bonus, it's not required for kill.
Also if ammunition storage gets hit this won't do nothing to prevent explosion of them.