Search and destroy
Will Higham explains how a layered approach can be used to successfully counter IEDs
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a prevalent threat in almost all modern conflicts. Their improvised nature, readily available componentry and easily accessible manufacturing guidance make them a flexible and comparatively cheap weapon. They consist of five main elements: a main charge, an initiator, an explosive, a trigger and a power source; with one or all of these elements being homemade (or improvised) for the device to be classed as an IED. The main charge can be commercially available, homemade . . .