Global Counter-IED MapPrivate company counter-IED capacity


KIHOMACLocation: Virginia, USA


Founded in 2003, KIHOMAC is a veteran-owned private company with over 150 employees. They support the requirements of US government customers, and have capabilities including systems-engineering services, reverse manufacturing and custom fabrication, engineering analyses, and sustainment solutions for aerospace vehicles.

KIHOMAC’s C-IED project began when they were “presented with the task of identifying, testing, and fielding existing technologies in months not years.” According to their website, they rejected the conventional approach of from-scratch development in order to avoid the rushing of ‘immature’ technologies to the front line without adequate testing. Instead, they pinpointed existing C-IED technologies which had been invested in by the US government but which had never reached the stage of deployment.

As a result, they claim to have been able to bring innovative C-IED technologies to the field in less than six months, saving ‘more American lives’. They expedite the development-to-deployment process for American C-IED technologies.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.