CBRNE & EOD Defence


  • Indian Navy orders additional mine countermeasure systems

    The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06 billion (USD42.8 million) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service’s fast-attack craft. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma told Jane’s on 7

  • Surface Navy 2019: Raytheon prepares to demonstrate its Barracuda MCM in 2019

    Raytheon is seeking to test an early prototype of its Barracuda mine neutralisation system later in 2019 as well as demonstrate aspects of the system during the US Navy’s (USN’s) 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). “We have early prototypes to demonstrate the autonomy

  • South Korea details five-year spending plan

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has disclosed more details about its proposed defence spending plan for 2019–23 during which time it is pushing through major reforms to modernise the country’s armed forces. The MND confirmed in a statement on 11 January that it is

  • Australia completes deliveries of Silvershield C-IED systems to Afghanistan

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed delivery of Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 7 December that more than 15,000 of the vehicle-mounted

  • Spain to buy IED jammers

    Spain is preparing to spend up to EUR85 million (USD98.5 million) on fitting new improvised explosive device (IED) jammers on military vehicles under a framework agreement up to 2021, the government announced on 11 October. The programme will be split into two phases. In the first phase, the

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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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  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters

    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that
  • MBDA test fires Brimstone 3

    European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed. Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. MBDA said
  • US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant. When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of
  • Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters

    The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that
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