The new product is called thermochromatic paint. This paint will change color to indicate the stresses which are placed on ammunition by temperature extremes. Sometimes when ammunition has been exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures the powder may break down and begin to lose some of the properties which causes it to react and do what the military needs it to do. The color of the paint will change to indicate the condition of the ammunition. The troop who has to use the ammunition will be able to see by its color whether it is safe to use or not. Degraded ammunition can cause problems when it doesn’t burn thoroughly and it can explode when it is stored in too much heat.
Small arms ammunition such as bullets tend to last for a long time and the military is careful to store them carefully during peacetime. The problem occurs when they are transported to climates where they can’t be kept in constant conditions.
Larger caliber rounds such as mortars and artillery rounds and the powder used to propel them can sometimes be the problem area. This paint will also prove to be useful with smaller rocket and grenade propellant. Once this paint is put into use it should result in fewer accidents to our custom military ring troops who have to handle and use these types of ammunition.