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NATO experts meet to discuss disposal of explosives
19 Sep 2012 Flash News
The presentation of new technological solutions and innovations in the field of detection and deactivation of detonation systems is the focus of the five day 2012 NATO Demonstration and Trials taking place September 17-21 at Trenčín's Expo Center.
As the TASR newswire learned from Slovak Armed Forces spokesman Milan Vanga, participants are discussing the latest trends in the detection of explosive threats, international efforts at making detection and ammunition deactivation work more efficient, the collection of digital data and other issues. Organised by Trenčín based NATO Explosive Ordnance Disposal Centre of Excellence (EOD), the first official NATO institution in Slovakia, the event will also feature practical open-to-the-public demonstrations of technologies and products.
"This event, which we organise every other year, represents a unique opportunity to put together scientists from the field of detection, operators from the field of explosive ordnance disposal, and the munitions industry, plus it establishes benchmarks for the industry and the overall network," EOD director Jaroslav Bielený told TASR, adding that specialists from all NATO countries are involved. Slovakia has assumed the role of NATO lead country in explosive ordnance disposal since 2004, with Slovak specialists in particular making a name for themselves last year in Afghanistan, where they deactivated explosives located in vehicles that were under fire from insurgents. A report on their heroism was read out in the US Congress.
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