Survey of Military Pyrotechnics
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About twenty-five activities from fourteen different countries contributed information about ongoing pyrotechnic projects and concerns. This information is summarized to provide an idea of the type and scope of the work underway. A major concern expressed by the contributors is the environment, health, and safety associated with pyrotechnics. Governmental regulations have emphasized the ecological, toxicological, and safety aspects of pyrotechnics. This encouraged many of the countries to become involved in development of insensitive pyrotechnics to increase the margin of safety associated with these devices. New equipment for preparing pyrotechnic compositions is reported. Reliability and safety are the reason for considerable effort in the study of laser ignition of pyrotechnics. Several projects are reported which deal with infrared decoy flares.