CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Commission: Keep some Apaches in National Guard, station ABCT in Europe

    A congressionally mandated commission has recommended the US Army share its attack helicopter capability with the Army National Guard, bolster armour brigades by forward-stationing one in Europe, and invest more in short-range air defences. The National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA)

  • Rebel cause: Outsourcing model seeks to redraw the naval training equation

    The French Navy has recently contracted SeaOwl to provide six more years of at-sea training support. Richard Scott discovers how the company will deliver this service In December 2015 the SeaOwl group secured a new six-year contract from the French Navy to provide naval training support services

  • RDN enhances remote MCM capability

    The Royal Danish Navy (RDN) is to introduce a side-scan sonar system to the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) element of its mine countermeasures (MCM) capability. Denmark's Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) has ordered the Solstice side-scan sonar from Sonardyne International

  • Defence secretary reinforces UK commitment to CASD nuclear deterrent posture

    UK defence secretary Michael Fallon has reinforced the government's commitment to a continuous at-sea deterrent (CASD) posture, based around four Successor nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), to underpin the UK's nuclear deterrent. Speaking during a visit to HM Naval Base Clyde

  • MOX plutonium de-weaponision effort slated for USD340 million in 2016

    The US Congress is pushing forward plans to de-weaponise plutonium by converting it to mixed oxide fuel (MOX) and using it to power civilian nuclear reactors, an effort the Department of Energy (DoE) opposes for cost reasons. In an agreed upon fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) omnibus appropriations bill,


  • North Korea modernises submarine fleet

    North Korea continues to modernise its conventional submarine fleet, while developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile capability. Joseph S Bermudez Jr and Karl Dewey examine the North Korean fleet, and the threat it poses to South Korea and the region.
  • Army of autonomy: The rise of the United Wa State Army

    As conflict escalates across northern Myanmar, the China-backed United Wa State Army is asserting itself as a dominant player in the country's turbulent ethnic politics. Anthony Davis examines the fast-growing capabilities of the largest non-state military actor in the Asian region and its prospects for future conflict with Myanmar's armed forces.
  • Swords into ploughshares: the challenge of demilitarisation

    Repurposing and decommissioning military equipment presents a range of challenges and opportunities for armed forces and the recipients of technology, the IDR team examines some of the most pressing concerns and potential benefits
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  • Iranian UAV shown striking targets in Syria and Iraq

    Iran appears to have conducted strike missions over Syria and Iraq using its Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to footage released by national media on 2 February. A news report filed by media channel SimaNews shows at least two armed Shahed-129 UAVs being demonstrated at an
  • US tests fixes for GMD homeland defence missile interceptor

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 28 January flight tested a design fix for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defence system. The controlled test vehicle flight (named CTV-02+) was not an intercept test but rather was meant to prove design changes intended to fix flaws in the
  • Thales flies Searchmaster radar for Atlantic MPA upgrade

    Thales has test flown the new Searchmaster multirole surveillance radar for the French Navy's Dassault Atlantic (Atlantique) 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) upgrade programme, the company announced on 4 February. Flight trials of the radar, which is also available for export, commenced on


  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    Development Zeman's mine resistant boots are designed to provide leg protection against Anti-Personnel (AP) mines containing up to 35 g (AM-35 type) and 50 g (AM-50 type) high explosives (TNT) and have been developed by Zeman in cooperation with Aall Jiri Chladek explosives consultants (see

  • Hard wired compact exploders ATLAS 300 & ATLAS 350

    Description The ATLAS 300 and 350 are electronic capacitor exploders designed for firing electric detonators. They each feature one firing output, equipped with safety sockets in order to avoid the user from being in contact with dangerous output voltage. The ATLAS 300 exploder is equipped with

  • Joint Protective AirCrew Ensemble (JPACE) Chemical Protective Coverall (CPC)

    Development The Blücher Joint Protective AirCrew Ensemble (JPACE) Chemical Protective Coverall (CPC) was developed as part of a joint programme for a CBRN protective aircrew suit intended for use by all fixed and rotary wing aviators of the US Armed Forces (US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine

  • Scansilc 4336 High Definition Portable X-ray System

    Description The Scansilc 4336 is a high performance portable X-ray system for use in defence and security applications, that incorporates a high resolution x-ray detector with a large format 43 × 36 cm imaging area which has a 14-bit dynamic range and 139 µm pixel pitch. The flat panel