10 Apr 14. International assistance helps reduce IED threat in Nigeria. Nigeria’s security forces have managed to reduce the number of casualties caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Haruna Ismaila. “From 2009-2013, it is estimated that 25% of the total number of civilian casualties was caused by IEDs. In 2012 alone, IEDs incidents recorded its highest peak in Nigeria, with a total number of 550 incidents,” he told a UN conference on 1-2 April.
“However, these figures tended to decline in 2013 due to the proactive measures, information exchange, awareness lectures, capacity building and improved understanding on detection, identification, and application of render-safe procedures through the use of modern equipment and tactics, techniques and practices.” (Source: IHS Jane’s)
14 Apr 14. UK SME given export boost by Dstl. An innovative business that has received funding and support from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to develop its sports and survival equipment has taken a big step towards exporting its products to the Malaysian Army. Crib Gogh, based in Stoke-On-Trent, started working with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in 2009 when they got involved with its Centre for Defence Enterprise, which offers funding and support to businesses that develop new and emerging technologies. The company’s products, developed by its owner after receiving inspiration during a climbing accident, impressed scientists at Dstl. For the last five years, the MOD has provided technical assistance and financial support to Crib Gogh to help develop lightweight, protected equipment for use by military personnel. The vest and rucksack of the Soldier System work together to provide unique energy dissipation and ergonomic weight distribution, allowing dismounted personnel to be effective on the ground for longer. Designed in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians, the vest and rucksack finished first against leading market manufacturers in like for like tests. With the help of Dstl and the UK Government, Crib Gogh has been able to grow into a thriving small business. The Soldier System is now being exported overseas and recently the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Army to support its future equipment requirements.
10 Apr 14. Safran Hammers Dassault. The chief executive of Safran, Jean-Paul Herteman, has warned that unless the firm is allowed to export the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM) precision guided munition (PGM) independently of the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, then production of the munition will come to a close. “The Rafale is not exported at a sufficient rhythm to allow us to maintain production of the AASM. A non-decision concerning an agreement to sell the AASM on its own signs its death warrant,” said Herteman on 8 April. He was addressing members of the defence commissions of the Senate and the National Assembly as well as high-ranking army officers and senior industry managers at an army think tank dinner. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
14 Apr 14. NRL Commissions Small Railgun. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) through support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) commissioned the new small bore (1-inch in diameter) railgun (SRG) at the laboratory’s Materials Testing Facility. The first shot was fired March 7 to inaugurate the next chapter in weapons research for the Navy and U.S. military forces. “This ‘small railgun’ is an experimental platform for a small bore system that could address modest power for land and sea based missions,” said Dr. Robert A. Meger, head, NRL Charged Particle Physics Branch. “The SRG is designed to operate at several launches per minute from a mobile platform using advanced battery technology.”
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