Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) is a body of techniques, under the umbrella term of Bomb Disposal (which also includes Improvised Explosive Device Disposal and Public Safety Bomb Disposal), designed to neutralise and eliminate a range of high- and low-explosive devices. Such devices could be land or sea mines, munitions and sub-munitions, artillery shells, guided missiles, grenades, mortar shells and even dirty bombs, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
There are numerous situations in which Explosive Ordnance Disposal is carried out; for example, post-explosion site clearance, discovery of abandoned or unexploded bombs from past conflicts, management of stockpiles and caches of ammunition. EOD is not conducted exclusively in the military sphere, engineers and technicians often being called upon to dispose of old explosives used in quarrying or mining, unstable fireworks and disused ammunition. They also liaise with specialist police units, helping with such matters as the detection and avoidance of booby traps and the conduct of post-blast investigations. These work alongside the intelligence and security services in ensuring the safety of government officials.
The following stages comprise the EOD process:
- Render Safe Procedure
Remote equipment can be employed in all of these phases, where risk to life must be reduced. Armtrac’s unique selling point is that its equipment is versatile enough to conduct multiple roles (demining, EOD, C-IED and engineering) on a single platform and can contribute to every phase of the EOD process.
Render Safe Procedures (RSP) are kept as confidential as possible to preclude enemies and adversaries using such intelligence to their advantage. Not only could an enemy employ RSP to decommission hostile explosives, but they could exploit them for the creation of anti-handling devices: traps built into bombs to counteract any tampering, setting off an explosion when triggered during an attempt to disarm them. While most EOD procedures are conducted as remotely as possible (only in the most extreme cases is there direct human contact), employing remote-control vehicles for example, can reduce risk to human life.
Armtrac manufacture remote robots that can assist in all phases of EOD operations where risk to life must be reduced. . To find out more about Armtrac and our products and services, contact us or browse our site.