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The XM-736 8-inch projectile was a binary howitzer round that was designed to carry the nerve agent VX.[1] After the suspension of the testing in 1982, models indicated the shell could be unstable in flight due to the liquid properties of VX.[2] However, instabilities were not observed during earlier testing, and it is unknown if instabilities in the shell were ever found.[2]


  1. Adams, Robert W. "CHEMICAL WARFARE IN FUTURE MILITARY OPERATIONS", Command and Staff College, United States Navy, via, April 6, 1984, accessed January 3, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 D'Amico,William P. , Jr. "Comments on the Flight Stability of the XM736 8-Inch Binary Projectile", (Abstract/Citation), October 1982, accessed January 3, 2009.

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