CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Global Clearance Solutions launches new mine clearance platform

    Switzerland-based Global Clearance Solutions has unveiled the first of three new unmanned ground vehicles, which are focused on the mine clearance role. The GCS-100 is the smallest of the systems and is intended for military and security customers, as well as non-governmental organisations. In

  • Chile progresses de-mining Bolivian border

    Chile has removed mines from 70% of its borders, the government has announced. Santiago has pledged by 2020 to remove all mines placed in the early years of Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's regime that ran from 1973-90. So far 39 of 56 areas along the Bolivian-Chilean border have been cleared,

  • North Korea planning new IRBM launch, says report

    North Korea is preparing to launch another Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days, Fox News quoted US intelligence officials as saying on 1 November. South Korea's military authorities said a day later that activities of a Musudan missile-carrying transport erector launcher

  • MMCM programme advances but France, UK, set different headings

    Key Points An industry team led by Thales is leading the MMCM programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme, covering the development,

  • France, UK, advance offboard MCM demonstrator

    Key Points France and the United Kingdom are moving to the next stage of their joint offboard mine-countermeasures programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine


  • Chemical warfare threat continues to evolve

    As improvised chemical weapons attacks become increasingly common, greater training and awareness are needed for responders on the ground. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon examines some of the lessons to be learnt from chemical weapons use in Syria and Iraq.
  • Borders vulnerable as peace stalls in Colombia

    Colombian voters have narrowly rejected a peace deal with the insurgent group FARC. Annette Idler surveys the prospects for security in the country's border regions.
  • Balancing act: Serbian Armed Forces update

    Serbia is one of few countries whose armed forces successfully co-operate with both Russia and the West, but while Belgrade insists on military neutrality, just how much longer this will be tolerated remains to be seen. Gerrard Cowan reports
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  • Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat
  • Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase. According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total. The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles
  • US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

    The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half years after operations with the helicopter-based system