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Cast Charges demolition in the desert



AES has two purpose built production buildings dedicated to the melt pour of high explosive devices for the defense, mining and vehicle testing industries. AES processes pure TNT and a variety of TNT based formulations:

  • Composition B

  • Composition H-6 & HBX Formulations

  • Octol

  • Pentolite

  • Tritonal

Because the explosive is processed in molten form, casting is ideal for devices with complex geometries such as warheads and grenades. Compositions can be poured into metal, fiberboard or polymer housings. If you have a specialized device, our experienced team will work with you to develop a solution that meets all your requirements.

AES processes pure TNT and a variety of TNT based formulations


AES manufactures cast boosters for the mining industry in a variety of sizes from 8 gram up to 5 lb (2,270g). The boosters utilize AES’ patented Sensitizing system for reliable initiation using a No. 8 strength detonator (cap)

Cast Boosters

and electronic detonators of similar energy output.  Boosters up to 5 lb are available with one cap well and the 1 lb, 2 lb and 5 lb boosters are also available with two cap wells (twin-plex or duplex boosters). AES boosters are manufactured with commonly utilized Melt Pour explosives.


If you are looking for a specific size or geometry booster, we will be happy to work with you to develop a booster that meets your specific needs.

Cst Boosters
Warhead Shaped Charges


AES manufactures a variety of build to print melt cast loaded warheads.  Some examples of recent programs include:

  • M2A4 15 lb. and the M3A1 40 lb Demolition Shaped Charges

  • 155 mm artillery shells

  • 60 and 81 mm mortars

  • Specialized cast EFP charges



AES produces a family of cast charges used in avalanche control operations. Depending on your specific needs, we produce charges that can be hand placed, thrown, launched from gas guns or loaded into stationary systems. We also supply pull wire igniters and other accessories for avalanche control.

Recently AES launched the Atwater 5 KG Charge specifically designed for use in Wyssen Avalanche Towers. Charges are available in Pentolite or Comp B formulations cast into a shell that fits securely within the existing Wyssen Charge Containers, providing the users a single piece drop in replacement charge.

Avalanche control
Specialty Cast Charges

(U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael Bevan/Released)


AES produces cast Composition B, Pentolite and TNT cylinders used to simulate blast effects. Cast cylinders can be poured in custom diameters, lengths, weights and with or without det-wells. Custom spherical or hemispherical charges are available as well.

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