• USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils new CBRN reconnaissance vehicles

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has unveiled its enhanced chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition held from 12-16 September. Fielded in 2017, the service’s latest CBRN Recon Vehicle II is an

  • Four-nation PESCO proposal aims for cross-service CBRN surveillance system

    Lead-country Austria and three central European countries are proposing to create a new modular-based CBRN surveillance capability that mixes manned and unmanned elements for operational deployment across aerial, ground, and maritime domains. To be offered as a service for the European Union (EU),

  • Russian CBRN protection troops receive 30 TOS-1A MRLs

    The Russian chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection troops (RKhBZ) have received 30 TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunburn) 220 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) in 2018, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting on 31 August. He added that

  • UGV designs shifting towards CBRNE missions

    Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, which was once mainly focused on explosive ordnance disposal, appears to be shifting somewhat towards addressing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats. The shift could be due to recent CBRNE activity – such as the

  • Naval, merchant navigation experts develop first joint ‘RIMPAC’ SOCAL maritime domain picture

    Naval and merchant maritime experts partnered to deliver enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the first time during the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise 2018 drills during the month of July, US Navy (USN) officials said. MDA is the ability to maintain

  • Czech MoD to procure light CBRN defence vehicles

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 31 July that it plans to procure 80 4x4 light armoured vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic's (ACR's) 31st Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Regiment based in Liberec. The MoD plans to issue a CZK5.1 billion

  • IAI and DOK-ING to partner to create a CBRNE platform

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 26 July that it had signed a collaboration agreement with Croatian rugged mine-clearing vehicle manufacturer DOK-ING to produce a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Although details of the

  • Militaries eye second-generation Husky mine-detection vehicles

    DCD Protected Mobility (PM) and its partners in July 2018 demonstrated to South Africa-based foreign military attachés its second-generation Husky 2G vehicle-mounted mine detection (VMMD) system, which continues to draw notable international interest. Africa and the Middle East bear the brunt

  • USN hones modular MCM mindset

    The US Navy (USN) is developing operational concepts for a more modular approach for mine countermeasures (MCM) mission packages initially scheduled for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet that expands those missions across a greater range of platforms. The USN has already started to broaden its

  • Aquabotix providing USN with unexploded ordnance detection system

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Aquabotix a contract for an unexploded ordnance detection system that will enable the USN to both find and neutralise underwater threats. The navy will eventually incorporate the capability into Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver, micro unmanned surface vessel (USV) or other

  • Aselsan successfully tests laser defence system

    Aselsan has successfully tested the Lazer Savunma Sistemi'nin (LSS) laser defence system mounted on a BMC Amazon armoured vehicle, the Turkish company reported on 10 June. “The LSS is being developed to detect and destroy suspicious objects, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), canvas and

  • Japan displays new NBC decontamination set

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) unveiled a new truck-mounted nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) decontamination set on 27 May at Camp Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, where the service’s Central NBC Weapon Defense Unit is based. Mounted on a 6×6 truck the new set, which is

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • UK takes delivery of MHC sweep demonstrator system

    Key Points The UK's MHC Sweep Capability demonstrator achieved system acceptance on 26 April The MHC Sweep demonstrator combines an 11 m ARCIMS USV, configured with a power generation module, with towed magnetic, acoustic, and electrical influences, including up to three coil auxiliary boats The

  • Raytheon to develop USN’s Barracuda mine neutraliser

    Raytheon is to develop a new mine neutraliser vehicle to fulfil the US Navy’s (USN’s) requirement for an expendable ‘one-shot’ device able to identify and destroy bottom, near surface, and drifting mines. The system, to be known as Barracuda, will be initially deployed from

  • Xponential 2018: Endeavor Robotics outlines clean-sheet Scorpion CRS-I offering

    Endeavor Robotics’ Scorpion, its system competing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) platform, is a clean-sheet design for a tracked vehicle with flippers, CEO Sean Bielat told Jane’s . CRS-I is the largest programme of record to date that the US Army

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • US Army seeks improved handheld mine detection capability

    The US Army has developed a prototype location tracking capability for handheld mine sweeping devices that converts traditional audio signals that indicate the presence of a buried object into a visual display. By visualising these audio cues, researchers at the army’s Research, Development

  • 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

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