CBRNE & EOD Defence


  • New contracts awarded to support Australian CBRN training capabilities

    Contracts worth AUD24.4 million (USD17 million) have been awarded to two Australian companies to supply equipment as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced

  • Hyundai Rotem awarded contracts for K600 CEVs, K1E1 MBTs

    South Korean company Hyundai Rotem announced on 26 December that it has been awarded contracts for the mass production of the K600 combat engineer vehicle (CEV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) as well as for the upgrade of additional K1 main battle tanks (MBTs) to K1E1 standard. The company

  • Ukraine starts work on new CBRN reconnaissance vehicle

    Ukraine has started development of a new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle based on the Kozak-2M protected mobility vehicle, according to a 10 December report from Army Inform, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence’s news agency. The CBRN monitoring

  • Bacteria take the strain for undersoil explosives detection

    Researchers in the United States are developing a modular system for detecting buried TNT at source, by blending genetic engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. In the 18-month Bioreporters for Subterranean Surveillance programme, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects

  • US State Department approves sale of counter-IED systems to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD245 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 850 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) systems, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced

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  • Follow the leader: US Army unmanned ground vehicle programmes

    In the 2001 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress set an objective of increasing the number of remote-controlled and unmanned systems in service with the US Army. The goal was that by 2015 a third of operational ground combat vehicles would be unmanned. However, this goal was not met. Scott Alexander reports
  • 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.
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  • French Navy NH90 Caiman availability rates improving

    While the overall availability of the French Navy’s NHIndustries NH90 Caïman NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs) remains a problem, rates are beginning to improve, a senior service official has said. Speaking to Jane’s, the commanding officer of the French Naval Aviation
  • New Iranian missile reported to be loitering SAM

    The previously undocumented type of missile found on two dhows carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen are surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) that loiter in an area searching for a target, according to a US military official cited by the New York Times on 19 February. Examples of the
  • USAF begins Grey Wolf operational testing

    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun operational testing of the Boeing MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter, ahead of the type’s arrival into service later in December. The service announced on 19 February that the Air Force Materiel Command’s 413th Flight Test Squadron (FTS) flew the
  • Romania orders Iveco tactical trucks

    The Romanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 31 December 2019 awarded Iveco Defence Vehicles a seven-year frame-type contract to supply 2,902 tactical trucks. According to a company statement, an initial delivery order for 942 trucks is in place and these are to be delivered over four years beginning
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