New synthesized material makes munitions more insensitive. 


AUSA Five Things:  A Weekly Tip Sheet for AUSA Members, dated May 23, 2016:   Making Insensitive Munitions?

Army scientists have synthesized a new material called bis-isoxazole tetranitrate, known as BITN, which will aid in creating so-called “insensitive” munitions. That is not a mood but a stable state, meaning munitions won’t explode because of heat, fire or shrapnel but they will explode when they hit the target.

What to watch: The work, done as part of the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program, is a sign scientists are sensitive to the need for having munitions that can be safely transported.

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