CBRNE & EOD Defence


  • Albania to clean up remaining explosives by end of 2018

    Albania's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company plans to clean up the ammunition and explosives remaining in the country by the end of 2018. The problem of Cold War-era weapons and ammunition depots was exacerbated by nationwide riots in 1997, during which 151 died and 851 were injured. Albanian

  • COBRA beach zone mine detection system achieves IOC

    The AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. Developed by Arête Associates, COBRA is based on a multispectral electro-optical payload – carried on

  • AUSA 2017: IAI enhances AMMAD system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) showcased the latest update to its Anti-Magnetic Mine Actuating Device (AMMAD) that now includes the ability to neutralize active land-based magnetic mines. After more than a decade of improvements and upgrades to the system, it has been re-designated as the AMMAD

  • USN COBRA mine-detection systems reaches IOC

    The US Navy (USN) AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine-detection system achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on 10 October, USN officials announced. COBRA is being developed for integration with the USN’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system

  • AUSA 2017: Follow-on AEODRS increments cancelled

    The US Navy’s Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic Systems (AEODRS) Increments 2 and 3 have been officially cancelled via an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The 6 October announcement comes as the AEODRS Increment 1 programme for backpackable platforms

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  • US strike fails to stem CW use in Syria

    The United States responded to the use of sarin in Syria with a cruise missile strike on Shayrat Air Base. Geoffrey Chapman and Alessandra Giovanzanti assess the possible impact of future chemical attacks by the Syrian government and likely international responses
  • Chemical warfare threat continues to evolve

    As improvised chemical weapons attacks become increasingly common, greater training and awareness are needed for responders on the ground. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon examines some of the lessons to be learnt from chemical weapons use in Syria and Iraq.
  • Borders vulnerable as peace stalls in Colombia

    Colombian voters have narrowly rejected a peace deal with the insurgent group FARC. Annette Idler surveys the prospects for security in the country's border regions.
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  • China targets export market with latest submarine designs

    Key Points Buoyed by recent successes with the Pakistan and Thai navies, Chinese naval shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation has recently unveiled a slew of new submarine concepts targeted at the export market New export concepts include 200-, 600-, and 1,100-tonne diesel-electric
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