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BLU-52

In the Air Force, CS had replaced the older, less potent CN tear gas. A MACV directive, 28 March 1970, defined CN as a ?standard tear agent employed by law enforcement agencies' and CS as "an improved agent developed for military use." The BLU-52 consisted of CS-1, CS in a persistent powdered form, in a 750-lb. fire bomb casing. Because CS-1 tended to cake when wet, an oil-like substance was added to improve its flow qualities, and the improved fill was called CS-2 and the munition was designated BLU-52A. BLU-52s functioned as anti-personnel area denial and interdiction munitions. They only recently had been sent to the 56 SOW in September 1970 and caused problems. The BLU-52?s arrived and were causing a difficult storage situation because of lack of proper decontaminants. These bombs were restricted from use.

The BLU-52 consisted of CS-1, CS in a persistent powdered form, in a 750-lb. fire bomb casing. Because CS-1 tended to cake when wet, an oil-like substance was added to improve its flow qualities, and the improved fill was called CS-2 and the munition was designated BLU-52A. BLU-52s functioned as anti-personnel area denial and interdiction munitions. They were sent to the 56 SOW in September 1970 and caused problems. The BLU-52 caused a difficult storage situation because of lack of proper decontaminants. These bombs were restricted from use. The employment of tear gas "riot control" weapons in Southeast Asia by the Air Force and Army generated controversy, and appropriate officials in the chain of command authorized each use of the CS air weapon.



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