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Published on 24 May 2023

Explosives and Ammunition Surveillance

This technical department embodies Switzerland‘s unique expertise relating to military explosive substances, such as explosives, gunpowder and signal flares. Understanding the chemical, technical and physical properties of such substances enables the experts to describe ageing behaviour, provide lifetime predictions, and estimate the effects on people, animals and the environment. Their daily work provides an important contribution to the safety of the Swiss army‘s ammunition.

Shot in the delaboration chamber, a remote controlled pincer opens an explosive cartridge


Head of specialist area Explosives and Ammunition Surveillance
Dr. Patrick Folly
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
3602 Thun