A non-nuclear, non-focusing, active warhead that comprises a high explosive charge contained within a casing of reactive metal. When the high explosive is detonated, the reactive metal is dispersed and reacts with the air, which significantly increases the explosive yield of the warhead. The active warhead produces therefore much higher blast effects with significantly reduced weight compared to conventional munitions. The warhead is highly effective against such targets as aircraft which typically have thin fuselages, for example. The explosiveness of this warhead can be enhanced further by elevating the temperature and therefore the reactivity of the reactive metal before or during the explosion. New methods of enhancing the reactivity of the metal are also taught.
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The invention described herein was made at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, with funds from the U.S. Air Force, in the course of or under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-48 between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of California, and may be manufactured and used by or for the Government for governmental purposes without the payment of any royalty thereon.