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shaped charge warheads

Definition/Scope: The Shaped Charge Warhead (SC) consists of a hollow liner of metal material, typically copper or aluminum of conical, hemispherical or some other designated shape, backed on the convex side by an explosive. A container, fuze and detonating device are also included. The SC was first used in World War II for penetration of tank armor, bunkers and fuel storage containers. Because of its superior performance, the warhead was incorporated into almost all rockets, missiles, and submunitions used today. The shaped charged warheads for HELLFIREII and Javelin are still considered the most efficient production warheads in the world today.

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explosively formed penetrator

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