CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • 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

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

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  • China launches new 3,000-tonne coastguard cutter

    The Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard has launched a new cutter for the China Coast Guard (CCG), Chinese media reported on 14 October. Zhongguo Haixun 2303 - literally 'China Sea Police 2303' - is expected to begin sea trials before the end of the year and it will be commissioned in the first quarter of
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp



    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