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Mastering the Commodities Markets by Francesca Taylor

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DEFENCE USES OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS

As the world becomes a more volatile and dangerous place, the use of rare earth elements for defence purposes is growing. They are key ingredients for the very hard alloys used in armoured vehicles and projectiles that shatter upon impact into thousands of sharp fragments. REE substitutes can be used in some defence applications; however, it has been established that these substitutes are not quite so effective and there are fears that this will compromise military capabilities. Some of the key uses of REEs in defence technology are:

  • Lanthanum – night vision goggles.
  • Neodymium – laser range finders, guidance systems, communications.
  • Europium – fluorescents and phosphors in lamps and monitors.
  • Erbium – amplifier ...

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