An improvised explosive device (IED) is by widely spread definition a homemade explosive device deployed in ways other than in conventional military action. It is a type of unconventional explosive weapon that can take any form and be activated in a variety of ways.
IED’s have become the weapon of choice in battlefields around the world. They are extremely deadly and difficult to detect. They may be used in terrorist actions or in unconventional warfare by guerrillas or commando forces in a theater of operations.
They target soldiers and civilians alike. In today’s conflicts, IEDs play an increasingly important role and will continue to be part of the operating environment for future military but also for civilian operations.
A counter-IED tool is important for any organization that is operating in hostile fire areas around the world. An IED is equally deadly if it is encountered by a soldier, NGO, or commercial company.
Today a large number of small manufacturers are involved in the counter IED programs, the latest being the unmanned aerial and ground systems. The challenge for industry is to cooperate with armed forces to create better solutions to existing problems, providing the forces with appropriate equipment and sufficient means to fight against IEDs.
IEDs are found all over the world, an average of 650 IEDs each month. They are inexpensive and easy to fabricate compared with other, more sophisticated systems, and are thus the weapon of choice for rebels. Being cheap to make and easy to hide, they still have the significant physical and psychological effects on military forces and civilians. They can be activated by mobile phone, trip wire, or be pressure activated. Unfortunately, they are a growing trend is all areas of the world.
Along with developing a national policy to defeat the use of IED devices, preparing a number of different units that will always be on the front lines of the battle against those who are determined to develop and deploy IEDs, new technology is needed to help these operational forces prevent, detect and defeat the threat with the minimal number of casualties. The development of such technology is possible only through cooperation between defense, military, and similar government institutions and industry, especially its innovative R&D part.
Counter IED can be managed if there is a shred mindset among the international community. Information needs to be shared among the countries that face this reality to create and adopt the right approach to counter the IED systems.
The dissemination of knowledge, keeping up to date with new techniques, being ready to respond to attacks is of no lesser importance as the need for the appropriate equipment which requires industry collaboration in order to develop the necessary new technologies.
The DOK-ING light demining system is battle proven to effectively defeat IED’s in a war zone. The remote control capability moves the operator away from the danger zone and allows the system to significantly reduce the threat to humans. DOK-ING systems have been operating in war zones for many years with exceptional results. Even when IED’s are encountered, the survivability of the systems is excellent. In most cases, the impact only requires minor repairs to the system.
Both of DOK-ING demining systems working with a range of different tool attachments have proven to be excellent tools in defeating IED’s.
By clearing the way in front of a convoy or similar situations, our systems save lives and helping to destroy IED’s before they can destroy their target.