Conventional Explosives are still used in construction and demolition applications. Even though more modern Disintegrator Field Generators are much more precise, conventional explosives have the advantage of creating both thermal and concussion energy.
Note: Eric and his gang use a 1000 Kilo charge to create a thermobaric explosion to kill the Snake beings hidden in a cave on Quagmire Bog.
This technique was successfully used in the Cave wars of Planet Winston, but can be traced all the way back to early Terran wars.
The explosive Compound used was MIX 9 – A high yield fast burning Explosive comparable with the old Terran HMX .