binary weapon


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binary weapon

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(Military) a chemical weapon consisting of a projectile containing two substances separately that mix to produce a lethal agent when the projectile is fired
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There are several variants of Novichok, a binary weapon containing two less-toxic chemicals that, when mixed, react to produce a poison several times more lethal than sarin or VX.
Another possible scenario is that anthrax and cholera toxin could be delivered simultaneously as a binary weapon. (6) Complex formation between cholera toxin and A20 would lead to a breakdown in epithelial barriers, causing increased spread of anthrax and anthrax-associated toxins resulting in increased virulence.
Terrorists may not have the technology to design a sophisticated binary weapon, but then, this is not really necessary.
Police discovered a simple binary weapon system that prior to mixing, contained the needed precursors for hydrogen cyanide gas.
Novichoks - meaning 'newcomer' in Russian - were designed as "binary weapons", meaning they are comprised of two relatively harmless ingredients that only become deadly when mixed together.
The attacks used sophisticated binary weapons that require a well-developed, expensive infrastructure to store and maintain.

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