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The Danger of Ammonium Nitrate
The huge blast that destroyed the Port of Beirut and left large parts of the city in ruins was likely a disaster waiting to happen, given the reckless storage conditions of Ammonium Nitrate at the port house. How can authorities keep track of potentially hazardous materials they store to avoid such mishaps? Tom Gilad, International Sales and Marketing Manager at LDS outlines the information we have and what we should now about explosive precursors.
General Dynamics Upgrades More Strykers to A1 Variants
General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded $258 million contract modification to upgrade 116 Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to the Stryker A1 configuration. The upgrade includes the installation of Double-V Hull, improving the vehicle's survivability against mines and improvised explosive devices. In addition to the DVH survivability, the Stryker A1 provides a 450-horsepower engine, 60,000-pound suspension, 910-amp alternator and in-vehicle network. All vehicles will be delivered by March 31, 2020.
Australian SilverShield to Protect Afghan Security Vehicles from IEDs
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will soon equip their vehicles with a newly developed Australian made counter-IED device called ‘SilverShield’. According to a contract awarded by the Australian defense ministry to L-3 Micreo, the company will deliver 13,000 communications jammer units to the Afghan forces, bringing the total sales of Australian C-IED jammers to Afghanistan to A$85 million.
Hacked Drones Become the Ultimate IEDs
As traditional IEDs, the weaponized and suicide drones have a significant propaganda value, exacerbating their lethal effect. Due to their stunning visual products, drone-monitored and drone-carried attacks have generated huge interest, spreading havoc and fear among opposing forces - far beyond their lethal effect.
World’s First Explosive Detection Drone Unveiled at Israel’s HLS & Cyber...
Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor. SpectroDrone employs LDS’s patented standoff gated laser spectroscopy techniques, proven to detect a wide range of explosive and hazardous materials at distances of several meters.
Robot Mounted GroundEye Sensor Set to Combat Hidden IEDs
Raytheon UK and Estonian UGV developer Milrem unveiled at Eurosatory an IED detection platform based in Raytheon UK GroundEye sensor system, integrated on the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) developed by Milrem.
Explosive Detection – Beyond the Gateway
Portable, hand-held explosive detectors are extending security measures in areas beyond the ‘sterile zones’ defined by rigid gateways and inspection lines, enabling the routine inspection of employees, suppliers and cargo over large operational areas such as airports, container farms, industrial facilities and highways. Unveiled this week at Milipol 2015, Israel's explosive detection specialist, Laser Detect Systems, outlines how these new sensors, deployed to roadblocks and patrols, can cast an intelligence network able to track the ‘evolution of bombs’ and disrupt the stockpiling of precursory materials, thus preventing their transformation into devastating car bombs.
Flying IEDs: The Next Evolution in Warfare?
With the evolution and proliferation of drone technology, ordnance disposal units are now facing a new and worrisome threat, the Flying IED.
Åkers Krutbruk Designs Enhanced Armor for Swedish Leopard 2, CV9035
The German company IBD along with its Swedish subsidiary Åkers Krutbruk have demonstrated the latest MBT protection study for the MBT122 and CV9040, improving the tank’s protection over 360 degrees enhancing protection from asymmetric threats.
Refined SAR Imagery Yields new Wide-Area C-IED Surveillance Capability
A new technique that can remotely locate suspected IED sites over a wide area was developed by U.S. Navy scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). The technique employs airborne polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), processing multiple polarization analysis at the pixel level, thus providing detailed information from SAR imagery obtained through airborne or satellite surveillance.
Indian Police Reserve Suffer Heavy Casualties from Multiple IED Attacks
Naxal Maoist insurgents stepping up their attacks on Indian security forces. IED attacks in the last 48 hours have claimed the lives of 18 members of Indian Police Forces (Jawans) and Special Police Officers (SPO).
10 Years in Service, Strykers Continue to Improve
10 years in service, the U.S. Army Stryker vehicle has logged more than 27 million combat miles, maintaining operational readiness rates greater than 96 percent. This versatile vehicle continues to evolve, one of the latest enhancements is the ‘Double-V Hull’ (DVH), modification, currently being applied to 150 Strykers soon to be shipped to Afghanistan.
Oshkosh Provides Underbody Protection for HEMTT A4
Oshkosh Defense was awarded the first U.S. Army order for 400 underbody armor protection kits for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4 vehicles, along with a delivery contract for additional (15) Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) wreckers, supporting troops operating in Afghanistan. The total value of these orders is about $38 million.
New Counter-Mine System Demonstrates Counter-IED Capabilities
An airborne electro-optical laser sensor designed to detect minefields has demonstrated the ability to detect simulated improvised explosive devices. The Airborne Surveillance, Target Acquisition...