The evolutionary development of melt-cast and PBX explosive technologies is continuing to allow the introduction into service of insensitive munitions (IM), with similar or slightly improved performance to conventional systems.
After a three-year transition period that started in 1988, NIMIC was formally established in 1991 as an Information Analysis Center (IAC) dedicated to Insensitive Munitions. Over the years NIMIC has effectively supported the development and implementation of IM technologies.
The development of Insensitive Munitions (IM) has been progressing for the best part of three decades. Ever since the highly publicized US Navy aircraft carrier accidents in the 1960s and 1980s, there has been a growing recognition of the value of IM.
Ruth Doherty, NSWC- Indian Head, USA Duncan Watt (Energetic Materials)
In recent years much interest has been generated in a quality of RDX which, when incorporated in PBX formulations, can confer reduced shock sensitivity. Clearly, this is of interest to the Munitions Design community who strive towards reducing the vulnerability of munitions.