Location: Bonn, Germany
Type: International organisation
OCCAR is an international organisation whose core-business is the through life management of cooperative defence equipment programmes.
One of their programmes – the ‘Maritime Mine Counter Measures’ – aims to introduce unmanned systems operated remotely from a command centre deployed either on board ship or ashore in order to tackle the threat of underwater mines.
The MMCM will detect and neutralise sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices. The aim is to tackle immediate threats quickly in order for other maritime missions to be carried out swiftly.
Both France and the UK participate in this program.
Another C-IED program run by OCCAR includes the ‘BOXER’. This programme provides the German and The Netherlands Armies with a new generation of all terrain armoured utility vehicles.
In regard to C-IED, it is said to offer the highest protection against mines and IEDs. Even after a mine blast the BOXER is meant to still offer ‘sufficient residual mobility’.
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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