Vesuvius™ Charge by Alford Technologies

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Alford Technologies Ltd.
17-18 Glenmore Business Park Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate
Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 6BB

Vesuvius™ is the largest shaped charge produced by Alford Technologies. As Vesuvius™ is based on our smaller Krakatoa™ charge, it has been designed to be a user-filled modular charge that is supplied in kit form. All that the operator needs to add is plastic explosive, a detonator and a bit of imagination.


The main body of Vesuvius™ is approximately 160mm long and 160mm in diameter. Because of the mass of plastic explosive that is required – approximately 4kg – it is recommended that Vesuvius™ be mounted on a sturdy mini-tripod for greater accuracy when aiming at targets.


A half load explosive charge may also be used, by the use of an additional sabot, with a loss of only 25% in performance.


Apart from the projectiles (see below), no metal components are used in the construction of the charge container. This allows a greater level of confidence to the user that the threat of lethal fragments will remain low.


Vesuvius™ may be used for explosive engineering, demolition and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), in particular against buried munitions.


As this charge has similar proportions to many insurgent EFP’s, Vesuvius™ has been used to assess current and new armour protection levels in todays’ warfare.


Name                                     Part No.          NSN No.                      Contents

Vesuvius™ Basic Kit              VV1001                                              1 Charge, 4 Legs & 1 Loading Kit

Copper EFP Projectile           VV1012                                               1 Projectile per pack



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Krakatoa™ Basic Kit             KR1001          1385-99-344-3750        3 Charges, 12 Legs & Accessories

Pluton™ Basic Kit                 PL2906           1385-99-310-1032        3 Charges, 9 Legs & Accessories

Vulcan™ Basic Kit                 VU0001          1385-99-833-2491        10 Charges, 30 Legs & Loading Kit

Defense Products & Services: Vesuvius™ Charge by Alford Technologies
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Charges, demolition
Description: Vesuvius™ Charge
Source of Information: Alford Technologies Ltd