CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Poland, Ukraine to launch PPE manufacturing joint venture

    Polish military equipment manufacturer Lubawa and Ukraine's Ukroboronprom announced on 25 December the signing of an agreement to establish a manufacturing facility in Ukraine through a new joint venture (JV). The JV is expected to be launched in early 2015, with the two sides currently

  • 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

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  • Australia to donate heavy landing craft to Philippines

    Australia is donating two recently decommissioned Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) vessels to the Philippines, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 29 January. The last three of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 364-tonne, 45 m LCHs were decommissioned on 20 November 2014. The
  • Russia selects new assault rifles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme. "We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to
  • Estonia completes air surveillance programme

    Estonia completed the creation of its military air surveillance network on 27 January, with the formal handover of its final ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) GM400-family radar system to the Estonian Air Force. The radar, installed at the Tõika air force facility near Otepää in the


  • MBV-78A2

    Description MBV-78A2 is a small, simple anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation stake mine. The cylindrical plastic body has a plain (unthreaded) fuze well in the centre of the top surface, a screw-on base and two mounting lugs on the side. The body houses a hollow cylindrical main charge; around this is

  • P-S-1

    Description P-S-1 is a tripwire-operated anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine. The body, housed within a smooth outer sheet-steel sleeve, contains a propelling charge, a tether wire, an integral pull fuze and a main charge with booster. The design is very similar to that of the Russian

  • POMZ-2

    Description POMZ-2 is an obsolete anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation stake mine which has been extensively copied by other countries. The main portion of the cast iron body is externally grooved to enhance fragmentation. POMZ-2 has six rows of fragmentation whereas its successor, POMZ-2M, has five.

  • PROM-1

    Description PROM-1 is an anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine capable of being initiated by pressure or tripwire. The smooth bottle-shaped body has a threaded fuze well at the top and has internal horizontal grooves to enhance the fragmentation effect. Down the centre of the mine is a