* The ESC38 device is a shaped charge, of plastic construction, designed for fuse neutralisation operations.Assorted metal shaped charges, either EFPs or jet penetrators, can be used to remove an external fuse from rounds. A disadvantage of metal projectiles, and charge casings, is the large distance the projectile and casing shrapnel could travel. This forces the implementation of a large safety zone, based on worst-case risk management. The ESC38 has been designed to achieve fuse neutralisation, with a minimised safety zone. The safety zone may be significantly smaller than that required by the target munition.
* Contact with the target ordnance is not required for neutralisation. This has clear benefits when dealing with damaged or hazardous ordnance or if the round is suspected of being