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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  • UAE requests more HIMARS, tactical ballistic missiles

    The US government has approved the sale of an additional 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launchers and 100 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. Mounted on a Medium
  • Iran's 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were
  • US Army chooses teams for DVE mitigation ground testing

    Key Points The army has selected nine participants for ground testing of DVE mitigation sensors DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army has selected nine participants for early 2015 ground testing of sensors designed to help


  • 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


    Description Air-delivered submunitions are normally delivered from either aircraft dispensers or cluster bombs. Aircraft dispensers such as the British JP 233, German MW-1, and Russian KMGU, are pods that normally remain attached to the aircraft as the submunitions are dropped, while cluster bombs

  • Low Collateral Damage Bombs

    Description The urgent need to reduce unwanted casualties and destruction during close air support missions, particularly in Afghanistan, has led to a new generation of low collateral damage bombs (LCDBs). These weapons are also required for mounting on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have a