Thursday, December 2, 2010

DRDO Synthesizes CL-20 Explosive

Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Dec 02 , 2010 , p. 11

Neelam Mathews

EXPLOSIVE POWER: India’s Defense Research and Development Organization has synthesized an explosive it hopes to use to reduce the weight and size of warheads considerably while packing them with more power. The explosive is CL-20, or octanitrocubane, a nitramine-class of explosive 15 times as powerful as HMX. Scientists synthesized CL-20 at the Pune-based High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (Hemrl), but it is still very expensive to produce compared to RDX. “We have a tie-up with an industry partner for intermediate commercial exploitation of [Indian] CL-20,” says A. Subhananda Rao, director of Hemrl.

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