RDX (hexogen) is routinely extracted in
Third World Countries from stolen and/or abandoned U.S.
Military C-4 (Composition 4) explosive material. The use
of gasoline (petrol) is the only ingredient needed to
extract this devastatingly powerful primary explosive
from a safe explosive such as C-4.
RDX Derivitives and Compositions as
Composition A is a wax-coated
granular form of RDX and a plasticizing wax. Five different
types of Composition A have been developed, and designated
A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, and A-5. Composition A is used in
bursting charges in Navy 2.5 and 5-inch rockets, as well
as in land mines.
Composition B is RDX mixed with moldable
amounts of TNT (tri-nitro-toluene). Sometimes other agents
are added to make it more stable. Composition B is used
primarily in Army rockets and land mines, as well as in
Composition C (C-4) is one of the most
commonly known uses of RDX. It is a mixture of RDX with
a variety of other explosives and a plasticizing mixture.
This mixture is then hand-packed into small blocks for
use as a high powered demolition charge. C-4 and C-3 are
the only mixtures used now, but C-1 and C-2 can be found
from old stocks of U.S. captured supplies in Third World
HBX is mainly used in underwater demolitions
and ground-to-air and air-to-air missile warheads. It
comes in two different types, HBX-1 and HBX-3. They are
castable mixes of RDX and TNT, powdered aluminum, D-2
and calcium chloride.
H-6 is a binary explosive. It is a castable
mixture of RDX, TNT, powdered aluminum, and D-2 wax with
calcium chloride for a secondary agent. It is used as
a general-purpose blasting explosive in ground to air
bombs and static primary land mines.
Cyclotol is a special mixture that is
found in three different types based on percent composition.
It is comprised of varying mixtures of RDX and TNT. It
is used in forming shaped-charge explosives, specialized
fragmentation projectiles, and hand-thrown grenades. It
has become a notorious mixture in use by Chechen Muslim
rebels against Russian armor patrols and commercial airline
Also referred to as cyclonite, or hexogen,
RDX is a white crystalline solid usually used in mixtures
with other explosives, oils, or waxes; it is rarely used
alone. It is considered the most powerful and brissant
(high velocity shattering speed) of the military high
RDX is one of the main explosives in
torpedoes, rockets, and bomb warheads. It is used in very
specialized detonators, blasting caps, and demolition
charges. It can also be used as a rat poison, and was
used for medicinal purposes in the early twentieth century.
It can be easily manufactured from common
ingredients from camping supply stores, general pharmacies
and auto parts stores.