India’s National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) was created in 1988. From then the NBDC began to collate all bombing related incidents in the country and chronicled them.
Currently, the NBDC publicise their research in yearly publication, Bombshell. The role of the NBDC developed to monitor, record and analyse all bombing incidents in the country, as well as those deemed as important globally, particularly those related to IEDs.
From these records the NBDC hope to find patterns and learn from this knowledge. Any knowledge is then passed on in publications or verbally to the relevant security agencies on as required basis, as part of its information sharing duties.
The NBDC has been prominent it sharing new ideas related to countering IEDs and EOD related matters. All national security agencies, invariably, are said to fall back on NBDC for varied assistance and have healthy regards for its working culture.
The NBDC have taken on a wide range of roles beyond recording data, including:
- trailing equipment for bomb disposal,
- annual publications,
- public advice/awareness raising,
- and advice to other agencies
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.
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