• 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

  • DSEI Japan 2019: IHI unveils autonomous underwater mine-detection system

    Japanese company IHI unveiled an autonomous underwater mine-detection system at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The system, which comprises two different unmanned vehicles, is designed to acquire, process, classify, and relay information about “mine-like

  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces

    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those systems, industry officials say. Recent operational

  • Chile, Ecuador, and Peru continue demining operations

    The armed forces of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru are continuing to remove mines and other unexploded ordnance from their borders. A total of 1,092 mines have been destroyed from an area encompassing 26,740 m 2 along Peru’s border with Ecuador, the Peruvian army reported in a 2 October press

  • US Navy stretches modular MCM mindset with T-ESB 4 tests

    The US Navy (USN) has further expanded its modular concept for countermine (MCM) operations with recent MCM equipment testing aboard the Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel Williams (T-ESB 4). The MCM equipment and systems are part of the mission-module package

  • Ecuador seeks to remove 95% of mines from border with Peru by 2021

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021). During the short-lived 1995 Cenepa

  • New defence group to start operations in late 2019, says AirBoss

    Canada-based AirBoss expects to complete the formation of AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) in the fourth quarter of 2019 by merging its defence activities with privately run US company Critical Solutions International (CSI). AirBoss announced the deal in May, but it remains subject to approval by the

  • OPEC Systems to supply new lightweight ensemble as part of CBRN protection contract

    Australian company Oil Pollution and Environmental Control (OPEC) Systems announced on 19 June that it has signed an AUD23 million (USD15.8 million) contract with Leidos Australia to provide a range of equipment, including a newly developed protective ensemble, as part of Project Land 2110 Phase 1B

  • Thales targets April 2020 delivery for MMCM demonstrators

    Thales is working to complete integration, testing, and qualification of Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) demonstrator systems planned to be delivered to France and the UK in April 2020. Being jointly funded by the two nations, the MMCM programme covers the design, development, integration, and

  • Japan mulls acquiring early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles

    Japan is considering acquiring its own early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles launched from North Korea and elsewhere, government officials said on 12 June. To explore such possibilities the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo plans to conduct an experimental study by

  • German Army to receive Mungo reconnaissance nuclear/chemical variant

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to procure nine air-transportable Mungo armoured multirole transport nuclear/chemical (A/C) reconnaissance vehicles from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) for EUR51 million (USD57 million), including training and maintenance, according to a parliamentary report

  • Navy League 2019: Raytheon mine clearance package moves ahead with AQS-20C sonar, Barracuda effector

    The US Navy (USN) now has 10 production Raytheon AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar units in the fleet, as the service hopes these can help shift to single sortie detect-to-engage (SSDTE) mine clearance missions. The AQS-20C has gone through testing but Raytheon and the USN are continuing to learn about

  • MoD transformation fund primes RN autonomy initiatives

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has secured a GBP75 million (USD98 million) injection from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Transformation Fund to advance initiatives intended to ‘mainstream’ the introduction of autonomous technologies into the fleet, and bring forward the

  • L3-Micreo awarded contract to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Brisbane-based company L3-Micreo a contract to manufacture and deliver more than 14,000 additional Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Minister for Defence

  • Indian Navy commissions facility to train against NBC contamination

    The Indian Navy (IN) inaugurated its first facility designed to train personnel in detecting, monitoring, and cleansing nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) contamination on its platforms on 25 March. Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the NBC facility is called Abhedya

  • 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

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