Building on our explosive blending and processing capability, AES can pelletize explosives to meet individual customer requirements.  Our pellets are used for a variety of applications including:

  • Ammunition, Bomb and Missile Fuzing systems
  • Medium caliber ammunition
  • Testing applications including IED simulation testing and explosive gap testing
  • Top-hat and through-hole pellet sensitizing systems for Mining Boosters


Low volume orders are pressed using specialized hand tooling and high volume orders are pressed on automated Stokes or rotary presses.   AES presses pellets ranging from .050” up to 8” in diameter and from milligrams up to 20 pounds in weight.  Vacuum and heat can be applied to achieve higher densities as well.  A variety of explosives can be pressed including:

  • HMX – Pure and desensitized formulations
  • HNS
  • PBX formulations
  • PETN
  • RDX – Pure and desensitized formulations including Compositions B, C-4, CH-6 and others
  • TNT – Pure and mixed formulations including Pentolite