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Ammunition
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ARTILLERY AMMUNITION
XF®
MELT-CAST EXPLOSIVE COMPOSITIONS FOR INSENSITIVE
AMMUNITION
MISSION
Nexter Munitions has developed several
very low vulnerability melt-cast explosive
compositions known as XF.
These compositions:
• 
limit serious effects following an attack,
• 
provide enhanced safety for both personnel
and equipment,
• 
facilitate ammunition disposal and recycling
at end of life cycle,
• 
provide
enhanced
environmental
protection,
• 
offer a low ownership cost: less storage area, less logistics requirements (Unitary Risk).
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
XF 13333 EXPLOSIVE COMPOSITION
Detonation velocity
6,960m/s
Detonation pressure
> 213kbar
Critical diameter
< 60mm
Impact sensitivity – ISI NFT 70-500
47 joules
Friction sensitivity - ISF NFT 70-503
Compliant reaction
XF 11585 EXPLOSIVE COMPOSITION
Detonation velocity
7,468m/s
Detonation pressure
> 242kbar
Impact sensitivity – ISI NFT 70-500
30% at 50 joules
Friction sensitivity - ISF NFT 70-503
Compliant reaction
STATUS
XF 13333:
Qualified and In service.
XF 11585:
Qualified.
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