Fast Facts: Weapons in Iraq

Weapons in Iraq

- IEDs are the largest killer of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Source: Defense Secretary Robert Gates cited in USA Today Article

- EFP is an Explosively Formed Penetrator.

- Explosively formed penetrator warheads are designed to project a single massive high velocity penetrator.

- EFP is designed to attack the top of armored vehicles.

- Explosively Formed Penetrator warheads can defeat the target at very long standoffs.

- EFP warheads consist of an explosive billet and a metal liner.

- Detonation propels the penetrator towards the target at speeds greater that Mach 6.

Source: Global Security