binary weapon


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binary weapon

[′bīn·ə·rē ′wep·ən]
(ordnance)
A weapon that operates by storing less-than-lethal chemicals in separate compartments of a projectile; the wall between the compartments breaks after the munition is fired, allowing the chemicals to combine in a lethal mixture.
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Just as the Chemical Corps started to acquire its nerve-agent arsenal of GB and VX, the military establishment began to demand safer binary weapons. Around the same time, another series of nerve agents, the GV series, was maturing.
In addition, the reliability of the binary weapons is dubious.
According to unclassified portions of the new report, released last week by the General Accounting Office (GAO), the congressional watchdog agency, the 14-year, on-again-off-again Bigeye program has not yet demonstrated that these binary weapons will achieve their design potency, will function as expected or can be delivered reliably and safely.
Mauroni sees the evolution of the demilitarization program as three distinct bands: Army-funded to destroy "leakers," Department of Defense (DOD)-funded to destroy obsolete chemical weapons to make room for binary weapons, and the current program to destroy all chemical weapons to meet U.S.
Schedule 1 covers known chemical weapons (CW) or key precursors which could be used in binary weapons. It is unlikely that any Canadian company makes them for commercial purposes however small amounts may be produced for research in specific laboratories.
Iraq made 800 tons of sarin, as well as binary weapons like the shell.
But advances have given birth to binary weapons, which means deploying lethal weapons like VX, sarin and mustard gas is much easier.

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