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Explosive Destruction System (EDS)

​The Explosive Destruction System (EDS) uses cutting charges to explosively access chemical munitions, eliminating their explosive capacity before the chemical agent is neutralized. The system’s main component — a sealed, stainless steel vessel — contains all the blast, vapor and fragments from the process. Treatment is confirmed by sampling residual liquid and air from the vessel prior to reopening the EDS. RCMD maintains transportable EDS units to support both planned and quick-response operations. Click the numbers below to explore components of the EDS.

ESD
The Explosive Destruction System (EDS) provides on-site treatment of chemical warfare materiel in a safe, environmentally sound manner. The EDS is an innovative alternative to open detonation of explosively configured munitions through its ability to:
  • Use cutting charges to access chemical munitions, eliminating their explosive capacity before neutralizing the chemical agent
  • Contain all the blast, vapor and fragments from the process in its main component, a sealed, stainless steel vessel
  • Support both planned and quick-response munition recovery operations
EDS Specifications

Phase 1 Phase 2
AGENT FILL
UP
TO
28 LBS. of agent
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  • MUSTARDS
  • NERVE AGENTS
  • LEWISTE
  • ARSENICALS
  • INDUSTRIAL/SMOKES
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TO
72 LBS. of agent
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  • MUSTARDS
  • NERVE AGENTS
  • LEWISTE
  • ARSENICALS
  • INDUSTRIAL/SMOKES
EXPLOSIVE CAPABILITY
UP
TO
1.5 LBS. of explosives
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UP
TO
9 LBS. of explosives
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SYSTEM VOLUME
54 GAL. 160 GAL.
SYSTEM WEIGHT
33,800 LBS. 57,300 LBS.