Pyrotechnics Development and Testing

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems – Canada (GD-OTS – Canada) has a broad expertise in pyrotechnic product development and testing. Our products include:

  • Tracer compositions for Small, Medium and Large Caliber Ammunition (visible and infrared)
  • Non-toxic primers
  • Illuminating compositions
  • Smoke compositions
  • Green compositions (green oxidizers, organic fuels and replacement of heavy metals)


Conventional Trace 12.7mm Igniter

Dim Trace 12.7mm Igniter

Our pyrotechnics pilot plant is equipped with:

  • Several mixers including a planetary and a Hobart mixer
  • Presses from 1200 lbs to 100 tons
  • 30 kN mechanical properties testing machine
  • Spectrophotometer
  • DSC/TGA apparatus
  • Pilot plant line for primer processing

Tracer Burning after Contact.

Tensile testing of tracer pellets