Experts in Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) from 12 participating EDA Member States gathered in Larnaca (Cyprus) from 29 to 31 March under the auspices of the European Defence Agency (EDA). It was already the 22nd meeting of the C-IED group which is one of the most active EDA project teams.
Currently ongoing projects, in particular EDA’s Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL) or the planned European Centre for Manual Neutralization capabilities (ECMAN), were the main topics. Chaired by Italy and hosted by the Cyprus Ministry of Defence, the C-IED project team took the opportunity to discuss other potential activities to be undertaken in 2017 and 2018 to further improve participating Member States’ capabilities in the C-IED domain.
Participants at the meeting also shared views on upcoming C-IED related events such as the planned delivery of the second JDEAL deployable capability end of May or a military working dogs training event to be hosted by The Netherlands in September 2017. The recent delivery of the C-IUSAT tool to participating EDA Member States and the outcome of the DEMO meeting held at the EDA facilities on 24 March were also discussed.