Millington, NJ (PressExposure) November 19, 2008 -- After trying a number of methods that didn't work, the Army used two AutoDrill 2100 series machines to successfully demilitarize over 40,000 rounds of obsolescent tank shells from the Vietnam era. Many of the shells were live and many of them had extremely hot tracer material fire during the drilling process.
The drills were used to remove pyrotechnic tracer material from the base of the projectile. The resulting inert material comprised several hundred tons of aluminum and steel which were then recycled. The US Army and AutoDrill are happy to say that this is the beginning of a very large reclamation and recycling program. Hopefully, other branches of the military and private sector companies will take advantage of this opportunity to remove dangerous materials from the environment.
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