The fight against explosives
Robert Shaw looks at how improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have evolved over the decades and surveys the technology being developed to defeat them
Since the very first use of explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists and criminals, the world of counter-IEDs has gradually increased in visibility and importance. The British have spent decades countering the IED threat posed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), the global war on terror and subsequent counter-insurgency campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali, forcing huge advances in expertise and technology.
Over the past decade, intelligence agencies and . . .