CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • EU research project creates new CBRN equipment

    New CBRN protective gear developed for civil first-responders by an EU-funded security research project has dual-use potential for Europe's militaries, according a European Defence Agency (EDA) expert. The project's creation of an integrated ensemble of the personal protective equipment (PPE) - and

  • USFK commander says North Korea making progress in cyber, nuclear capabilities

    The commander of the US Forces Korea (USFK) has said that North Korea is focusing on developing its cyber and nuclear capabilities rather than conventional military forces. Speaking at a meeting of the Association of the Republic of Korea Army on 25 November, General Curtis Scaparrotti said North

  • EDA to launch five IED detection projects in 2015

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) plans to launch five improvised explosive device (IED) detection projects in 2015, Pete Round, director of capability, armament and technology at the EDA, stated on 26 November. The focus areas of the efforts are expected to be the following: two projects to

  • European nations seek common MCM toolkit

    Key Points Six European nations are conducting a three-year study to establish requirements for modular systems to counter mine threats The Maritime Mine Counter Measures - New Generation (MMCM-NG) research project could also help shape the design of future MCM vessels Mine warfare specialists

  • Dutch open European C-IED facility

    On 4 November the first counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED) Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL) was declared operational at the 'Kamp Soesterberg' barracks in the Netherlands. The facility was initiated and funded by the European Defence Agency (EDA) for the


  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Middle East/Africa

    The emergence of the so-called Islamic State as an entity that controls a vast swathe of Syria and Iraq dominated 2014 and resulted in a new US-led effort to defeat the group, setting the scene for a drawn-out struggle that will be complicated by Iran's continued support to allied militias.
  • Chronicling the rise and fall of Mullah Zakir

    Taliban commander Mullah Zakir was promoted rapidly to a position of seniority within the group before precipitously falling from grace. From Afghanistan, Antonio Giustozzi provides a unique insight into the nature of the group's senior leadership structures.
  • Planning for North Korea after Kim Jong-un

    The health of Kim Jong-un could have a profound impact on North Korea's political stability given that no succession plan is in place. Neil Ashdown assesses three scenarios under which the nation would manage the transition of power from its supreme leader.
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  • Portugal sells surplus C212s to Uruguay

    Portugal is to transfer to Uruguay two C212-300 Patrullero maritime surveillance aircraft formerly in service with the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). A contract for the transfer was signed in Lisbon on 18 December between Berta Cabral, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, and her
  • Spain buys extra Patriot SAM batteries from Germany

    Spain is to buy two surplus Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries from Germany ahead of deploying some of its existing Patriot systems as part of the NATO cover agreed for Turkey. The two batteries will each include five launchers in the Patriot Advanced Capability Two Plus (PAC-2+)
  • Estonian Air Force seeks enhanced C2, and to support allies

    The Estonian Air Force is to prioritise its efforts towards developing a more advanced command and control (C2) capability over the coming years, as well as ensuring that it is properly equipped and prepared to host NATO allies in the Baltic republic. Speaking to journalists at Amari Airbase near



    Description Kinetic energy projectiles are normally fired from cannon, tank and anti-tank guns; they are therefore normally found in calibres between 20 and 125 mm. Older varieties often had conventional projectile profiles, but were made from solid steel and known as 'shot'. Later versions used


    Description Mortar bombs designed to dispense a payload are known as 'carriers', or sometimes 'cargo' bombs. Payloads may include smoke mixtures, red or White Phosphorus (WP), flares or illuminants, incendiaries, lachrymatory or other chemical agents, leaflets, radio echo 'chaff', submunitions, or


    Description The vast majority of HE mortar bombs are simple munitions designed for blast and fragmentation. Blast/fragmentation projectiles tend to have thick steel bodies with a bulk fill, often TNT or an RDX/TNT mixture. Impact (point detonating) nose fuzes are most common, though other types


    Description The main identification feature for a mortar bomb is the spigot or tail section, which invariably has holes to vent the primary propellant charge and normally (but not always) has fins. There are numerous types and many are similar in shape, making it difficult to recognise or identify