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Blue Chip™ Detonator

Blue Chip Detonators

Excelitas is a leading manufacturer of high voltage chip slapper detonators sold under the Blue Chip™ brand. The chip slapper consists of an exploding metal foil, covered by a Polyimide flying plate, deposited on a ceramic “chip” substrate. The assembly is laser welded to ensure the device is hermetically sealed. The various versions of the detonator all have the same basic shape with variations in the explosive column and are packaged in 2 or 6 pin TO-5 headers for surface mount, insertion into a socket, or attachment to a flexible strip line.

All members of the Blue Chip™ detonator family exceed the mechanical and thermal requirements of MIL-DTL-23659. They have been shown to be reliable at temperatures ranging from minus 196°C to 200°C and shock resistant up to 100,000g (such as thick wall penetration).

The Blue Chip family of detonators have been designed into a wide variety of applications including:

  • Safe and arm devices
  • Warheads
  • Rocket motor initiators
  • Payload launch vehicles
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Tactical missiles
  • Strategic missiles
  • Precision guided munitions

Key Features

  • Low cost commercial device
  • Low firing energy
  • MIL-DTL-23659 qualified
  • MIL-STD-1316 compliant design
  • Hermetically sealed
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate various booster and main charges
  • Wide temperature operating range (-196°C to 200°C)
  • Multiple configurations
  • Full lot and serialization control
  • Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO 9001 facility