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  • Repurposed bomb material provides Munitions Enterprise huge cost savings

    November 7, 2019

    Repurposing bomb material is one example of how the Army’s Joint Munitions Command continuously reviews its processes to be more efficient, while providing the munitions enterprise cost savings. The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant recently determined that scrap explosive material, PBXN-109, which is generated during the bomb production loading process, can be used as an effective ...

  • Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill 37 in ambush on mining firm convoy

    November 7, 2019

    At least 37 people have been killed and 60 wounded in an attack on a mining company convoy in Burkina Faso, authorities say. Five buses carrying staff of Canadian firm Semafo were ambushed on Wednesday about 40km (24 miles) from the eastern town of Boungou, reports say. A military escort vehicle was reportedly struck by an explosive ...

  • Bomb squad called after possible explosives found at North Staffordshire property

    November 7, 2019

    The bomb disposal unit attended a North Staffordshire property after a number of items – believed to be flammable – were discovered. Police were called to Dilhorne, shortly before 8pm last night (November 6), but have not revealed exactly what the items were. A 27-year-old Stoke-on-Trent man has been arrested an remains in custody. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers ...

  • Philippine Military: Suspected IS-linked Militant with Improvised Bombs Arrested

    November 7, 2019

    Soldiers recovered 16 pipe bombs and arrested an Islamic State-linked militant in a follow-up operation in the southern Philippines, after security forces killed three men, including two foreigners, as they allegedly tried to launch a bomb attack using suicide vests, the military said Thursday. The man, identified only by his nickname or alias “Mang,” was captured ...

  • NATO and United Nations discuss enhancing practical cooperation

    November 7, 2019

    On 7 November 2019, the NATO Military Committee hosted the United Nations Military Adviser, Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey for a briefing on ongoing activities. The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach started the meeting by welcoming Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey to the meeting and highlighting the ongoing cooperation ...

  • Five police commandos, 1 civilian injured in powerful IED blast in Manipur’s Imphal

    November 6, 2019

    A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) blast rocked Manipur’s Imphal town on Tuesday morning. The IED blast took place at Thangal Bazar. Five police commandos and one civilian were injured in the explosion. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, Raj Medicity. The blast took place around 9.30 am. Police said among the injured are Additional ...

  • ‘A huge morale hit’ – Army EOD techs are stuck between plummeting recruitment levels and skyrocketing workloads

    November 6, 2019

    Explosive ordnance disposal units across the Army are struggling to train for combat operations amid both a personnel shortfall and a surge of domestic protection missions, a dangerous combination some EOD techs say has compromised their overall readiness and left their comrades burned out. “We are burned out and it makes people not want to stay,” ...

  • DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

    November 5, 2019

    Funds will develop new technology to tackle rising security risks posed by Unmanned Air Systems The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched ...

  • An Aberdeen man has appeared in court charged with making or possessing an explosive

    November 5, 2019

    Richard Smith, 26, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in connection with the matter. It comes after chemicals were seized at a property in Aberdeen. A cordon was put in place around a property on King Street and residents evacuated following their discovery on Saturday. Scottish Fire and Rescue and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were ...

  • UK To Extend Training Mission In Ukraine

    November 5, 2019

    More than 17,500 members of the Ukranian armed forces have been trained by British personnel since 2015. The UK’s training mission to Ukraine will be extended by three years, the Defence Secretary has announced. Operation Orbital was established in 2015 following the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Since the start of the operation, more than 17,500 members of the Ukrainian ...

  • Turkish soldier killed by roadside bomb in northeast Syria

    November 4, 2019

    Turkey says one of its soldiers has been killed by roadside bomb in northeastern Syria. That brings Turkey’s military death toll to 14 since launching its incursion into Syrian Kurdish-held areas on Oct. 9. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency, citing the defense ministry, said Monday that the soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device that had ...

  • IS conflict: Dutch air strike killed about 70 people in Iraq in 2015

    November 4, 2019

    A Dutch F-16 jet serving with the US-led coalition in Iraq killed about 70 people – Islamic State (IS) militants and civilians – in an air strike in 2015, the Dutch defence ministry says. It is the first time the ministry has given details of the raid that targeted an alleged IS bomb factory in Hawija. Large, ...

  • Philippines: Soldier killed in Quezon blast

    November 4, 2019

    An improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed a soldier while two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were captured in Quezon on Sunday, police said Monday. The Quezon provincial identified the casualty as Private Kim Veluz of the Philippine Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion. Police said Veluz was on his way to Lopez town aboard a motorcycle when ...

  • Ukraine: Mine clearance starts in Zolote

    November 4, 2019

    Mine clearance has started at the site of disengagement of forces and weapons in the area of Zolote-4 locality in Luhansk region. “The activities on site No.2 in the area of Zolote-4 locality in Luhansk region are ongoing. The technical inspection, demining of roads and roadsides, clearing the area contaminated with explosive objects take place now,” ...

  • Spectacular moment World War Two bomb blown up on Slapton Sands

    November 4, 2019

    Footage has been released of the moment the Royal Navy detonated a World War Two bomb on a Devon beach. The unknown item was discovered after being washed up at the Torcross village end of Slapton Sands on Sunday afternoon, following a bout of stormy weather. It was detonated at about 5pm on Sunday evening. The ...

  • 753rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit completes 9-month deployment to Afghanistan

    November 4, 2019

    The West Virginia Army National Guard’s 753rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit recently returned to the Mountain State after successfully completing a nine-month overseas deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, where they earned praise and recognition for their vital support to the United States mission in Afghanistan. The 753rd EOD, based out of Kingwood, West ...

  • Slovenia: Second Maribor Bomb Safely Defused (Video)

    November 3, 2019

    A 500kg World War Two bomb was safely defused in Maribor on Sunday, hours after hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in the direct vicinity, with sirens sounding the end of the alarm. In the largest such operation in Slovenia’s second largest city since 1945, the authorities called on 1,000 people living within a ...

  • Nigerian army intensifies operations against armed groups

    November 3, 2019

    The Nigerian army said on Sunday it is intensifying operations against Boko Haram and other armed groups operating in the West African country. In a statement made available to Xinhua, the army said it recently cleared more improvised explosive devices planted by fleeing Boko Haram militants, especially in the northeastern states of Borno and Yobe. Troops also ...


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