CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • 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

  • European nations begin maritime counter-mine research

    Five European Defence Agency (EDA) countries, plus Norway, have begun research on a new generation of maritime counter-mine measures. The three-year project aims to define capabilities that can either be back-fitted onto existing vessels or integrated into future countermeasures ships, says the

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Euronaval 2014: Lockheed Martin, Intermarine in six-ship MCM deal with Taiwan

    Key Points The Taiwanese Navy is to receive six MCMVs, built and equipped by an international industrial team All six ships are to be delivered by 2024 Officials from US systems house Lockheed Martin announced at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition in Paris on 28 October that Taiwan has selected an

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  • Laser weapon breaks cover on USS Ponce

    Key Points The LaWS prototype is being deployed on USS Ponce to demonstrate a SSL-QRC The results of the demonstration will inform a follow-on SSL-TM programme The US Navy (USN) has released the first high-quality images showing a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstrator installed on board the
  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern



    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