Chemiluminescent payloads offer versatile applications and environmentally-friendly training and tactical ammunition alternatives

Chemiluminscent ammunition is a new category of training and tactical ammunition that is displacing conventional live rounds. The impetus to develop the technology came directly from the U.S. Military’s requirement to address the unexploded ordnance “dud” problems associated with live training rounds. Chemiluminescent ammunition works by replacing the explosive pay-load found in conventional ammunition with a Cyalume chemical-light insert that provides a realistic hit signature upon impact. However, since the round is inert, it does not generate potentially deadly unexploded ordnance “duds”. Cyalume’s chemiluminescent ammunition is also non-pyrotechnic which means that it does not pose a risk of starting deadly and costly range fires. Each year thousands of precious acres near training grounds throughout the U.S. are destroyed as a result of fires started by conventional ammunition during training exercises. To limit this risk, the military will often suspend training during dry conditions. Chemiluminescent ammunition does not present a fire risk and therefore can be used in all weather conditions. In addition, Cyalume’s chemiluminescent ammunition is environmentally-friendly as the chemistry involved is 100% non-toxic.

Cyalume is currently partnered with a number of the leading ammunition companies including General Dynamics, Rheinmetall Defence and Fiocchi Ammunition to incorporate the Company’s unique chemiluminescent payload technology into a myriad of new calibers.

New Product

Cyalume recently announced a strategic agreement with Fiocchi Ammunition, a world leader in the field of small-caliber ammunition to develop and market the Chemical Tracer, the world's first non-pyrotechnic shotgun tracer. The Chemical Tracer creates a daytime visible trace that travels with the cloud of the shot allowing shooters to instantly determine their accuracy and therefore correct their aim.

To order the Chemical Tracer please visit:

For more information about Cyalume’s ammunition business please contact:

Edward J. Schmidt
Director Chemiluminescent Munitions
Cyalume Technologies, Inc.
Tel: (757) 962-6647

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Cyalume Technologies, Inc.
96 Windsor Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
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