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Spanish Army Demining and EOD personnel

spanish armyLocation: Madrid, Spain


Type: Military

Throughout the last decade, demining and explosive ordnance disposal personnel from Spain have played a large role in peacekeeping operations throughout many countries, including: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Kosovo.

In 2001, Spain established the International Demining Training Center (Centro Internacional de Desminado) of Excellence at its army engineer academy in Hoyo de Manzanares near Madrid.

The missions and tasks of the International Demining Center include:

  • Teaching EOD / EOR for officers and other relevant personnel in the armed forces
  • Providing education for Humanitarian Demining
  • Collaborate with other to provide teaching on counter-IED (C-IED) tactics
  • Update pre-deployment Zone Group EOD Operations
  • Organise awareness days and C-IED cycles
  • Research and Technical Analysis
  • Participation in National and International Groups (EOD C-IED)

Since it opening, it has offered training to humanitarian deminers from Afghanistan, Angola, Colombia, Mozambique and other countries as well as to its own deminers before their deployments to Afghanistan and elsewhere outside of Spain.

The centre not only aids in the training of Spain’s EOD personnel but also offers advice and support to the EOD elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police.

The EOD elements of the Army have also been involved in demining and C-IED operations abroad, such as in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Spain has also been involved in the C-IED and demining efforts through funding these types of projects. For example, it is estimated that in 2003 alone, Spain provided mine action funding and assistance of about $1.2 million.

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.