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close this bookFact sheet No 257: Depleted Uranium - January 2001 (WHO, 2001, 5 p.)
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Uses of Depleted Uranium

· Peaceful applications of DU have included counterweights in aeroplanes, shields against radiation in medical radiotherapy units and for transport of radioactive isotopes.

· DU is used for heavy tank armour, anti-tank munitions, missiles and projectiles due to its high density and melting point, and availability. DU weapons are regarded as conventional weapons and are used freely by armed forces.