posted on Jul, 11 2005 @ 07:20 PM
195 metric tons of HMX
141 metric tons of RDX
5.8 metric tons of PETN
Would the military use this material??
Those are plastic explosives originally used by the military. It's not THAT hard to find someone willing to sell them on the black market. Just
about any arms dealer would be able to get the types, if not those numbers. And there are some commercial explosives that are similar to military
that could cause confusion about which they were.
"HMX, or high melting point explosive, is one the more powerful high explosives used by militaries around the world today. On this site you will find
information about the HMX molecule, its history and discovery, and some of its more important uses."
"RDX forms the base for a number of common military explosives: Composition A (wax-coated, granular explosive consisting of RDX and plasticizing
wax), composition A5 (mixed with 1.5% stearic acid), composition B (castable mixtures of RDX and TNT), composition C (a plastic demolition explosive
consisting of RDX, other explosives, and plasticizers), composition D, HBX (castable mixtures of RDX, TNT, powdered aluminium, and D-2 wax with
calcium chloride), H-6, Cyclotol and C4."
"PETN is one of the strongest known high explosives. It is more sensitive to shock or friction than TNT or tetryl, and it is never used alone as a
booster. It is primarily used in booster and bursting charges of small caliber ammunition, in upper charges of detonators in some land mines and
shells, and as the explosive core of primacord."