News – October 2020


  • Vidisco USA Inc. announced today the award of a $27 million USD contract to supply more than 300 Guardian 12” X-Ray systems to the United States Air Force

    October 25, 2020

    Press Release  The contract will be carried out over a 5-year period. This is the second award in two years, after a previous award for more than 200 systems to the US Marine Corps in 2019. This important award recognizes the quality and versatility of Vidisco’s products and position. Vidisco USA Inc. as one of the ...

  • Kabul Bomber Missed Gate, But Targeted Students in Street

    October 25, 2020

    A recent respite from bombings was broken by an explosion near a tutoring center in western Kabul on Saturday, leaving at least 30 people dead, according to security sources. Security agencies report that the attacker tried but failed to reach the entrance of the center, and he was recognized as he entered a narrow street that ...

  • North Carolina: Live 100-pound aerial bomb from World War II washes up near Outer Banks lighthouse

    October 23, 2020

    The historic Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds were closed Thursday after a bomb appeared in the surf at Buxton on the Outer Banks, according to the National Park Service. A half-mile safety perimeter was established to keep tourists out, including the lighthouse grounds, nearby parking lots and surrounding beach, officials said in a release. The iconic ...

  • DASA UK Competition: Telexistence [Update]

    October 23, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), aims to develop and demonstrate the components of a telexistence solution to the defence and security community. There is the potential for this competition (Phase 1) to be followed by a second competition (Phase 2) which will ...

  • Jihadist radicalisation: an individual arrested in Spain for spreading terrorist propaganda online

    October 23, 2020

    The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) arrested a supporter of the so-called Islamic State terrorist organisation in an operation developed together with Europol. The suspect was searching, editing and further disseminating terrorist propaganda material to young people online. On 20 October, officers from the Spanish authorities arrested a Moroccan citizen in Altea, Alicante suspected of spreading ...

  • Explosive device kills two gold miners in Niger, sources say

    October 23, 2020

    Two employees at an industrial gold mine in western Niger were killed on Friday when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, three security sources said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the explosion. It took place at the Samira mine near Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, a zone where Islamist ...

  • Inside the gruelling danger experienced by Irish peacekeeping troops in Syria

    October 23, 2020

    On the roads along the Golan Heights danger lurks at every corner for Irish troops. A 50-year-old land dispute between Syria and Israel, a Syrian civil war, and a battle for the hearts and minds of the Golan Arabs between one of the world’s most notorious terror groups, Islamic State, plus meddling Iran and Russia. Throw into ...

  • NATO troops wounded in IED blast in Afghanistan

    October 22, 2020

    A bomb blast in southern Afghanistan has wounded two Romanian soldiers, NATO Resolute Support said in a statement Thursday. The soldiers were on a patrol in Kandahar province Wednesday when the improvised explosive device detonated, the statement said. The Romanian government identified the soldiers as Sgt. Adrian Ioan Czifrak and Cpl. 2nd Class Iosif Ioan Reman, who ...

  • Marine Is Invited For An Event, But He Doesn’t Know There’s A Dog Waiting For Him

    October 22, 2020

    US Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served 150 missions in Afghanistan alongside his beloved bomb detection K9, Casey. The yellow Labrador was a brilliant prodigy and she never missed detecting a single explosive. Throughout his tenure, Ross was amazed as Casey saved his life over and over. So when his deployment ended, he vowed to adopt the faithful ...

  • Angola’s bombs still maiming people years after war ended

    October 22, 2020

    Nearly 20 years since the civil war ended in Angola, landmines laid in the ground before the country gained independence in 1975 continue to maim civilians across the country. The civil war, that left at least half a million people dead and some four million civilians displaced in the oil-rich nation, officially ended in 2002. The conflict ...

  • Germany: Clearing of WWII mines did cause porpoise deaths

    October 22, 2020

    A 2019 mine clearance operation in the Baltic Sea killed several porpoises as alleged, Germany’s nature conservation agency has concluded. The animals, Germany’s only native whale species, are on the endangered list. A number of porpoises died last year as a result of explosions that occurred while clearing British World War II mines in a protected ...

  • Taliban Attacks Span 24 Provinces in Past 24 Hours: MoD

    October 22, 2020

    The Taliban insurgents are increasing their activities in various regions of the country despite calls from the international community and the Afghan people for a ceasefire and a reduction of violence. On Thursday, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the group’s fighters had expanded their attacks to 24 provinces over the past 24 hours, ...

  • U.S. Army researchers collaborate with university alliance to advance protection materials

    October 22, 2020

    BALTIMORE – The U.S. Army continues to focus on priority research areas through its alliances with universities and industry. The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance, or MEDE CRA, conducted its 2020 fall meeting Oct. 15. This meeting facilitates collaboration across the entire alliance; however with the pandemic, researchers switched to a virtual format. ...

  • Pakistan foils major terror bid in Balochistan

    October 22, 2020

    Security forces have foiled a major terror bid by seizing heavy explosive material during a raid in Balochistan today (Thiesday), According to media details, the security forces conducted raids in the Qamaruddin Karez area in Zhob district of the province of the district and seized explosives include eight bombs weighing six to eight kilogrammes. The forces have ...

  • Afghanistan: ANP discovered and neutralized a number of RCIEDs in Herat, Nimruz, Khost, Kunduz and Kandahar provinces

    October 22, 2020

    Afghan National Police discovered and neutralized four roadside bombs planted by terrorists in Herat & Nimruz provinces. Police are committed to protect people. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1319189503370813440 ANP bomb disposal unit discovered & defused 10 roadside bombs after several hours of efforts & point to point search operations in Khost, Kunduz & Kandahar provinces. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1318839986024828928 Source: Ministry of Interior Affairs, Islamic Republic ...

  • Terror attack prevented in Moscow, FSB reports

    October 22, 2020

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) apprehended a Central Asian man, who sought to carry out a terror attack in one of the administrative buildings in the Moscow Region, the FSB press service told TASS Thursday. “The FSB thwarted a terror attack in the capital’s region. The operation led to the apprehension of a man originating from ...

  • Military working dogs in Iraq get a blood bank like their humans have

    October 22, 2020

    Military working dog handlers in Iraq have set up a “walking blood bank” for their four-legged partners who help secure bases, hunt explosives and assist in combat missions such as the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last year. “The bank will allow for rapid treatment of injured working dogs,” Operation Inherent Resolve, ...

  • Man arrested in Kannapolis, N.C. with van full of guns and explosives, allegedly researched killing Joe Biden

    October 22, 2020

    A man was arrested in Kannapolis with a van full of guns and explosives with plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including trying to assassinate Joe Biden. An order filed in federal court earlier this month outlines the plans by a man identified as Alexander Hillel Treisman, who also used the alias Alexander S. ...

  • TSA checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport gets new state-of-the-art 3-D checkpoint scanner to improve explosives detection

    October 21, 2020

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A new state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography checkpoint scanner (CT) that provides 3-D imaging has been installed and is in use at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport. The new technology provides critical explosives detection capabilities at the checkpoint and improves the capability for TSA officers to determine ...

  • UK: Controlled explosion carried out after reports of ‘suspicious object’ on Cornish beach

    October 21, 2020

    A bomb disposal squad has been called to a beach near St Austell after reports of a ‘suspicious object’ being found. A 999 call was made from Porthpean Beach on Tuesday afternoon. A phosphorus marker flare was found and the Royal Navy EOD team from Plymouth was called to the scene to destroy it. Coastguard crews say more ...