You know what dingerr? Clearly my posts get on your tits, I try to be civil and you just come across as someone with a big chip on each shoulder. Why don't you do both yourself and me a favour and just ignore me, eh?
I fail to see how I can have a chip on my shoulder when I’m not the one getting upset. I’m not flaming you, just giving you the genuine information as opposed to the duty rumour.
My background is Ammunition and explosives which also included Improvised Explosive Device Disposal.
I’ve recovered stocks of Semtex in NI, maintained stocks in UK and Iraq, at no time has any of it displayed the degradation you suggested.
I was in NI, albeit on another team, when the first SAM 7 was recovered by the security forces. It was a top down operation and the initial fear was allayed when intelligence revealed there were no thermal batteries.
Guided Weapons use thermal batteries, they are solid state, until initiated by a pyrotechnic charge, they will typically reach 200c. I’m sure you can imagine how difficult it is to replicate this. That said attempts have been made to use car batteries in the last few years. There have been some launch successes, but intelligence suggests missiles fail shortly after launch.
None of my posts towards you have been personal attacks and I resent your personal attack above.