CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • EU military Ebola response role unclear

    As the international Ebola crisis grows, the role of Europe's militaries - whether flagged by the European Union or NATO - remains unclear, although both organisations are looking at possible contingency plans or support activities, say officials. The European Union has sent teams of civil and

  • Slovakia to train Ukraine troops in mine clearance

    Slovak Army combat engineers will provide land mine clearance training to their Ukrainian counter-parts. Slovak defence minister Martin Glvac confirmed the news to media on 25 September during an official visit to Slovakia by Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey. "We promptly responded

  • US revises landmine policy

    While still declining to sign the Ottawa Treaty that bans the use of landmines, the United States took another step towards their reduction 23 September by pledging not to use the weapons outside of the Korean Peninsula. The treaty, drafted in 1997 and signed by 163 countries, has been effective in

  • South Africa develops mobile chem-bio defence lab

    Protechnik Laboratories, part of the research and development division of South African defence acquisition agency Armscor, has developed a mobile chemical and biological defence laboratory in conjunction with engineers from the South African company TFD Manufacturing. The laboratory consists of

  • PLAN holds first 'smart mine' clearing exercise in SCS

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted a mine-countermeasures (MCM) exercise in the South China Sea in formation for the first time, a Chinese state media outlet reported on 29 July. The drills were said to have been conducted in "varied formations corresponding to different

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  • Taiwan starts trials of 'carrier killer' corvette

    Taiwan's Republic of China Navy (RoCN) began sea trials of an indigenously designed twin-hull missile corvette dubbed a 'carrier killer' on 27 October, according to naval sources as cited by local media. The 500-tonne vessel, Tuo Jiang (618), is said to have been towed from Lung Teh Shipbuilding's



    Improvised or 'Home-Made' Explosives (sometimes abbreviated to HME) tend to be used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) when military or commercial explosives are unavailable, but they are also found in larger devices or applications where the use of manufactured explosive is considered wasteful,


    The following table lists some of the abbreviations, terms and compositions used for both gun and rocket solid propellants. See also: Solid propellants - general Name or designation Composition Remarks Additives Various Used to stabilise, plasticise, cool, lubricate, and reduce flash in propellant

  • Explosives - General

    Categories of explosive Explosives are normally divided into two groups; 'high explosives' and 'low explosives', the difference between the two being the rate at which they release their energy. Low explosives burn or 'deflagrate' as a flame front passes through the composition, whereas high

  • Explosives - Primary

    Introduction Primary explosives are sensitive compounds that are used in detonators to initiate larger charges. Their sensitivity makes them unsuitable for use as a bulk munition filling, and most are substantially less powerful than secondary explosives anyway. Primary explosives are basically