Homemade Explosives / Chemical Precursors Course

Extremist Groups throughout the world are continually in search of new methods and means to obtain explosive materials. As nation states have improved their abilities to regulate and control military and commercial grade explosives, extremists have increased their reliance on Homemade Explosives (HME). Homemade explosives are inexpensive and easily manufactured. Their use has led to an urgent need to prepare Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), K-9, Intelligence, and Special Operations Forces (SOF) Operators to recognize HME, its precursor chemicals, and the manufacturing process and equipment used in its production.

Tactical Electronics’ HME & Chemical Precursors Training provides a thorough understanding of the varying types of HME and their associated precursors. This course emphasizes a hands-on approach where EOD, K-9, Intelligence, and SOF Operators perform the refinement, concentration, combination, manufacture, and/or dilution of precursor chemicals commonly or commercially available in targeted operational environments. Attendees will construct the physical processing equipment and manufacture a wide array of homemade explosives in a safe and informative environment. Students will participate in classroom study, HME Labs, and practical range exercises under the supervision of qualified HME instructors.

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Military EOD, K-9, Intelligence, and SOF Operators or Hazardous Devices School (HDS) Certified Bomb Technicians

5 Days (40 hours)



  • Introduction to HME
  • Precursor Chemical Identification, Recognition & Uses
  • Lab Safety
  • Practical HME Production (Mixture List Available Upon Request)
  • Improvised Initiators (Client Observation): Electric/Non-electric and Time Fuse
  • HME Detection & Identification (Student Provided Equipment)
  • Impact and Friction Testing
  • Desensitizing/Neutralization
  • Impact and Friction Testing
  • Tactics, Techniques, and Procedure (TTP) Development via Practical Exercises
  • Situational Training Exercises


Tactical Electronics’ HME Training Team includes some of the industry’s most experienced instructor cadre and the finest manufacturers of proprietary HME Training TTPs. Our Team provides training to: national and defense intelligence agencies; EOD, K-9, Intelligence, and SOF Operators; and Local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Our past performance includes: EOD; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Enhanced Conventional Weapons (CBRNE); SSE training; and operational support.