Iranian researchers produce missile fuel

An Arrow missile is launched during a test from an undisclosed location in Israel April 7, 2009.

TEHRAN, March 12 (MNA) – Researchers in Sahand University Technology of Tabriz have produced missile fuel using aluminum micro powder.

The produced fuel would remain inactive but would be active when required, assuming an explosive state. Reza Taherzadeh, the major researcher told Mehr News that the project was conducted on nano-thermite reactions. “Thermites are used as chemical reaction triggers in missile solid fuel,” he said, “the missile fuel rapidly burns, but it needs to be activated, which is done by a combustion catalyst, which is called thermite chemical reaction trigger.”

Taherzadeh also said that the type, intensity, and quality of triggers were effective on the missile speed. “If the triggers are very active, missile would move very rapidly,” he added.

He said that this triggers had been developed during the project. “The project used aluminum and magnesium nano-powders to produce aluminum-magnesium alloy, which is used to produce thermite,” the researcher said.

“The aluminum nano-powder is the main fuel of missiles and thus subject to sanctions against Iran,” he asserted, and that “for the same reason, many universities in the country had produced aluminum nano-powders.”

By Mehr News Agency

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