News – October 2018


  • Estonian Defence forces’ EOD team deploys to Afghanistan

    October 23, 2018

    On Tuesday evening, a team from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Centre of the 1st Infantry Brigade’s Engineer Battalion will depart from Estonia for another mission to Northern Afghanistan. “You are going on our longest and most dangerous mission,” Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade Col. Vahur Karus said, sending the troops ...

  • MyDefence Demonstrates Drone Swarm Counter UAS Jammer

    October 23, 2018

      Fredensborg, Denmark – On October 12, MyDefence co-hosted the event Electric Storm to demonstrate the capability of the latest MyDefence Counter UAS products for dismounted soldiers. The event featured a live demonstration of the detection and jamming capabilities of the WINGMAN 103 drone detector and the PITBULL Counter UAS jammer. Last month, DeDrone announced the capability ...

  • U.S. Department of State Provides 600 Million Rupees for Mine Clearance

    October 23, 2018

    A delegation from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement visited Sri Lanka from October 8 to 12, 2018 to observe U.S.-funded demining activities and meet with some of the beneficiaries of these projects. The projects are part of the nearly 600 million Sri Lankan rupees ($3.5 million) in assistance that the ...

  • Cash machine raiders blow up front of Post Office in Derby

    October 22, 2018

    The front of a Post Office has been blown off after thieves tried to steal a cash machine in Derby. Debris was sent flying across the pavement in Chapel Street, in the Spondon area, and the force of the blast moved the machine about a foot. Police said nobody had been hurt in the explosion and no ...

  • Outcry as a quarter of all hero military dogs are put down for being ‘unfit for service’

    October 21, 2018

    Dozens of military dogs were put down last year after they were found to be unfit for service. A total of 41 were euthanised when they could no longer perform the demanding roles they were trained for. The dogs were found to have illnesses and chronic conditions while others were healthy and judged to be unsuitable for ...

  • 11 of a family including a woman and children killed in Nangarhar IED blast

    October 21, 2018

    At least eleven people, all belonging to a single family, were killed in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The incident has taken place in the vicinity of Mamand Dara area of Achin district before noon today. The provincial government media office in a statment said at least ...

  • Controlled explosion takes place after World War Two explosive device found in Tewkesbury

    October 21, 2018

    Bomb disposal experts were called after a Second World War-era explosive device was fished out of a river in Tewkesbury. Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary were called after Aaron Lewis from Cheltenham discovered the device while he was magnet fishing along the River Severn at Lower Lode Lane at about 9.10am. Bomb squad officers were called and a 50metre exclusion zone was set ...

  • Suicide bomber kills 15 at Afghanistan election polling station

    October 20, 2018

    At least 15 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul polling station during an Afghan parliamentary election rocked by violence. Ten civilians and five policeman were killed, and more than 25 people injured, when a bomber tried to enter the school-based station – bringing the total reported killed or injured on election ...

  • Seven soldiers injured in IED explosion in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district

    October 19, 2018

    Seven soldiers were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Friday. The explosion took place when an armoured Army vehicle was passing through the Tahab area at around 9.30 p.m., on Thursday. “The IED explosion was followed by firing by the militants. Troops inside the Casper ...

  • UN Command verifies mine clearance to disarm JSA in border area of S. Korea, DPRK

    October 19, 2018

    The United Nations Command said Friday that it has verified a mine clearance to disarm the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the border area between South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The UN Command said in a press release that it has reviewed and verified the mine clearance works done to date ...

  • Uncovering secret structure to safer explosives

    October 18, 2018

    A team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has shown that the structure of microscopic pores in high explosive materials can significantly impact performance and safety. These findings —  published recently as the cover article in the journal Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics —  open the door to the possibility of tuning high explosives by engineering their ...

  • UNMAS supports UK DFID delegation visit to Mosul

    October 18, 2018

    The presence of explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices in areas liberated from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), will continue to impede security and stability efforts as well as development initiatives until these are cleared and rendered safe. A delegation from DFID was recently hosted by UNMAS in Mosul and had the ...

  • Afghan election candidate killed by bomb under office chair

    October 17, 2018

    An Afghan lawmaker contesting this week’s parliamentary elections was among four people killed on Wednesday by a bomb planted under his office chair, officials said, in an attack claimed by Taliban militants. Abdul Jabar Qahraman was killed as he prepared for Saturday’s election, a senior government official said, becoming the 10th candidate killed in the past ...

  • Crimea college hit by deadly bomb blast in terror attack

    October 17, 2018

    At least 10 people have been killed and many more wounded in a bomb explosion at a college in Crimea that one witness told local television also involved an attack by at least one armed gunman. The Russian national anti-terrorism committee, a government body, said the explosion at a polytechnic was caused by an “unidentified explosive device”, according ...

  • New EOD Headquarters At Fort Riley

    October 16, 2018

    Today, the U.S. Army announced that Fort Riley will be welcoming an Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) battalion headquarters in 2020. This move will bring approximately 54 additional soldiers and their families to the Greater Flint Hills region. “I look forward to welcoming the EOD battalion headquarters at Fort Riley,” Rep. Marshall said. “Fort Riley continually lives up to ...

  • Exercise Cambrian Patrol: Is this the world’s toughest military exercise?

    October 15, 2018

    Forty-eight hours. Over 40 miles across the arduous Brecon Beacons. Weather conditions: awful. Personal loads in the excess of 80 pounds. Who will win? Did I mention that Cambrian Patrol is an unofficial race? The annual exercise is organised by the 160th Infantry Brigade of the British army. Every year, the Welsh-based brigade is responsible for creating an event ...

  • US Marines Train Moroccan Military to De-Mine

    October 15, 2018

    US Marines have conducted a Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) level 2 training for Moroccan military officers to enhance Morocco’s demining capabilities. US Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) trained officers of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) on “how to handle an explosive hazard during Humanitarian Mine Action training,” the US Marine Corps Forces Europe ...

  • Taliban militants, civilians suffer heavy casualties in a premature car bomb explosion

    October 12, 2018

    At least nineteen, people including Taliban militants and ordinary civilians, were killed or wounded in a premature car bomb explosion in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Khwaja Namosi Bazar, leaving at least ten ...

  • Military and police conduct counter-explosive training during Ontario exercise

    October 12, 2018

    Exercise Ardent Defender staged two counter-explosive threat scenarios in Meaford, ON, on October 10 and 11 as police and military personnel from a number of organizations tested their skills in dealing with explosive threats. One scenario involved a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at the harbour front and the other involved explosive devices found in a building ...

  • Hungary increases its scientific cooperation with NATO

    October 12, 2018

    Scientists and other experts from NATO and Hungary discussed future projects of cooperation at the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme Information Day held in Budapest on 11 October 2018. Hungary is currently leading an SPS project in the area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence. The multi-year initiative aims to develop ...