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Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot at Australia’s main operating base in Middle East

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Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot at Australia's main operating base in Middle East

Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot in the Middle East region.
Story and photos courtesy of Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

After 20 years of service in the Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer (WOFF) Rodney Amos couldn’t help but stay on. Now in his 37th year of service, WOFF Amos is on his 6th Middle East deployment, working at Australia’s main operating base in the region, and aiming to hit 40 years before retiring. Whilst deployed, he is the Base Armaments Manager, Team Leader of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Response Team and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.  He will be deployed over ANZAC Day this year.

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Drones flying into prisons to be examined by police

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The UK Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales. They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them. The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons. But critics have called the plan a “red herring” to distract people from “chaos and crisis” in prisons.

The national initiative will see police and prison officers share information about the quadcopters and methods used.

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: “We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform.

“The threat posed by drones is clear but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country.

“My message to those who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity is clear: we will find you and put you behind bars.”

Staff corruption

The Prison Service could not give details about how many officers would be involved, but reports suggested £3m would be spent on the new task force.

John Podmore, former head of the service’s anti-corruption unit, said whilst there was an issue with contraband in prisons, targeting this money at drones was a “PR stunt”.

“I have seen no evidence that there is a real problem with drones,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I think the number of incidents last year was 33.

“There are some 10,000 mobile phones found every year in prisons. My question to the Prison Service would be, how many of those were found hanging from drones?”

Instead, Mr Podmore thought the service should be looking the wider issue of contraband smuggling, including the “main route [of] staff corruption”.

Mike Rolfe, national chair of the Prison Officers Association, said prisoners had told him that they had seen two or three drones a night delivering packages over the walls.

However, he said he agreed with Mr Podmore that the initiative was an attempt to distract people from “the real issue [of] jails in complete chaos, in a crisis and flooded with drugs, mobile phones and weapons”.

Recent successes

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford says prison walls are now not much of a barrier for those wanting to smuggle contraband into jails.

There have been some recent successes in finding and punishing those who are behind the drone flights, says the Ministry of Justice.

In December, Dean Rawley-Bell, 21, was jailed for four years and eight monthsafter he used a drone in attempts to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Manchester Prison.

Renelle Carlisle, 23, was sentenced to three years and four months in October after he was caught outside Risley Prison in Warrington with a drone in his bag, trying to smuggle drugs inside.

In July, 37-year-old Daniel Kelly was jailed for 14 months for trying to supply contraband to offenders in Elmley and Swaleside Prison in Sheppey, Wandsworth Prison in London and the Mount Prison in Hemel Hempstead.

BBC News 17 April 2017

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Islamic State using hobby drones with deadly effect

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Much has been written about the threat of Islamic State militants’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, commonly known as drones, over the embattled city of Mosul.

IS were quick to weaponise UAVs with small improvised explosive devices (IEDs). On 24 January they released a video showing up to 19 different aerial attacks by commercially purchased UAVs – the kind of drone you can buy in any shopping centre in the UK or abroad. Iraqi forces have followed suit by attaching modified 40mm grenades with shuttlecock stabilisers onto their larger UAVs to drop on IS positions. A crude inaccurate way of killing terrorists, its effectiveness is questionable.

Weaponised IS UAVs have mainly been used to target Iraqi military commanders and troops congregating in the open near the front line. It’s a low-end, low-altitude attack that can be thwarted by keeping in hard cover. But both sides use the UAV’s more effectively as a means of providing Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, known as ISR. Islamic State UAVs in the air, once identified, are the warning that something is about to happen – either mortar fire, which is typically one hastily fired inaccurate round – before coalition air superiority can locate and target the firing point. Or, more devastatingly, the launching of a Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, an SVBIED. Since the Battle for Mosul officially started on 16 October 2016, hundreds of SVBIEDs have been launched.

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Donation of EOD Protective Equipment to Australian War Memorial

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Photos courtesy of The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.However, due to the recent nature of the War in Afghanistan, the Memorial has a technology gap from this War.  EPE and our partners Allen-Vanguard, Med-Eng and QinetiQ North America have been able to contribute equipment deployed in Afghanistan with Australian troops designed to protect troops from the danger of IEDs.  The equipment donated includes a PCM (Portable Counter Measures), EOD9 bombsuit and Talon IV Robot.

EPE would like to thank our partners Allen-Vanguard, Med-Eng and QinetiQ North America for their support to the ongoing commemoration of the contribution made by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

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Donation to the Australian War Memorial Afghanistan Exhibition

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EPE Managing Director, Warwick Penrose has presented a donation to Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial for the Afghanistan Exhibition.

The Australian War Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.However, due to the recent nature of the War in Afghanistan, the Memorial has a technology gap from this War.  EPE and our partners Allen-Vanguard, Med-Eng and QinetiQ North America have been able to contribute equipment deployed in Afghanistan with Australian troops designed to protect troops from the danger of IEDs.  The equipment donated includes a PCM (Portable Counter Measures), EOD9 bombsuit and Talon IV Robot.

Australia’s mission has evolved over the past decade in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). From counter-insurgency, through reconstruction, to mentoring, Australians have been working to create a democratic and stable Afghan nation. This mission aims to assist the people of Afghanistan, but also to promote the security of the region, diminish the influence of terrorist groups, and create a safer global environment.

Some experiences from Afghanistan are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories and more displays from Afghanistan are gathered.

EPE would like to thank our partners Allen-Vanguard, Med-Eng and QinetiQ North America for their support to the ongoing commemoration of the contribution made by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

Video acknowledgement: WIN News. Brisbane based company (EPE) donates equipment to the Australian War Memorial

 

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Drones could threaten crowds such as Inauguration Attendees

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The MESMER technology was highlighted on January 19 in a segment on The Today Show in the USA.
“Drones can easily fly over large crowds of people, and most radars can’t detect them. On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, security experts are concerned that terror groups like ISIS could arm drones with bombs. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports for TODAY”.

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Unmanned Ground Sensor most cutting edge footstep sensor

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Modern conflicts frequently require small regular forces to prevent intrusions or attacks by irregular forces that move stealthily at night or over remote terrain. Regular forces must simultaneously protect their own very vulnerable bases and monitor a huge area of possible infiltration.

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In December 2014, Army Contracting Command, acting for PM Ground Sensors and the MCOE, requested information from industry on a better UGS. The Army wants a system of buried detectors, a receiver, soldier-carried display, cabling and antennas. The improved UGS would last at least four months doing 50 daily detections on off-the-shelf batteries. And the new UGS should detect low-flying aircraft and tunnel diggers along with personnel and vehicles. In addition, the Army wants sensors that weigh less than 10 ounces and cost less than $500.

Vendors have been active in improving a variety of UGSs.

For example, EPE distributes in Australia and New Zealand the next-generation of EUGS, Pathfinder, developed by the U.S.’s Applied Research Associates. ARA sells EUGS and Pathfinder directly to U.S. and other customers.

A seismic UGS to detect humans, Pathfinder incorporates lessons learned in Afghanistan and Iraq to be “the most cutting-edge footstep detection sensor on the market,” says EPE Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Manager Dean Dickson. “Pathfinder is the world leader in expendable, affordable and undetectable security and protection.” The primary user of Pathfinder to date has been the U.S. Army.

Pathfinder sensors capture movement, and their effectiveness thus depends on how well users understand threats. The more users know about how threats operate, the more Pathfinder will help determine intent.

Pathfinder deprives threats of surprise and manoeuvers by covertly detecting, identifying and monitoring activities, movements, route networks and key locations. Users can then choose when and where to interdict threats, apparently by accident so adversaries do not know they have been observed.

Dickson says Pathfinder has been successful in military operations, border security, fighting narcotics trafficking and terrorism, protecting infrastructure, controlling refugees, private security, searches and rescues.

Pathfinder success in remote areas is partly due to radio communication that transmits information over ground up to 15 kilometers and in the air over 25km, packaging data to be undetectable to frequency-spectrum analyzers and similar equipment. And open architecture facilitates easy integration with ISR tools for slew-to-cue, fly-to-cue and cue-to-target functions.

The newest Pathfinder incorporates a number of improvements: miniature and extra-large variants; extended battery life, up to eight months for the mini and 24 months for the extra-large; machine-learning algorithms; better signal processing for better detection and fewer false alarms; and a micro-receiver for mobile, dismounted operations. This new micro-receiver can display all information on any Android or iOS device, including the Android Tactical Assault Kit and iPhone Tactical Assault Kit.

Users can scan Pathfinder sensors when emplaced to populate data such as GPS location and later access data such as sensor status, performance, detection, and distance to threats.

Dickson stresses that Pathfinder’s radio communication enables long-range transmission, even in non-line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight urban, rural and other conditions, without gateways or relays. Pathfinder is also quick and thus safe to emplace. And the device is both low cost and expendable, yet has an extended battery life.

ARA hopes to add more capabilities in the coming year. Programmable detection radii would allow users to push a button to tailor detection radii for mission requirements. ARA wants to improve machine-learning algorithms to make Pathfinder smarter. And it is working on algorithms to detect not just people, but vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles.

Digital Barriers offers the Remote Detection and Classification sensor. RDC is a battery-powered, wireless sensor for detecting both intrusions by people at distances from 20 and 70 meters and intrusions by vehicles up to 100 meters, and classifying the intrusion as one or the other. Marketing Director Maria Clutterbuck says RDC has high detection rates and low false-alarm rates, proven in many different environments for different applications.

Weighing less than half a kilogram, RDC is also, “highly portable, and quick to deploy and set up,” Clutterbuck notes. For communication, its self-forming, self-healing mesh network is field-proven over many years of operation and extremely reliable. It has a long battery life, four to six months on a single D cell, requires low power for radio communications and is designed to be very robust.

Distinctively, RDC uses an internal antenna that performs as well as an external antenna but is more robust and covert when deployed. “Nodes can be deployed just below ground level for complete concealment,” Clutterbuck says. And communication over an internal, rather than external, antenna eliminates vulnerability to wind, which can reduce detection and increase false alarms.

RDC’s sensor node also has a unique screw-thread design that secures the node in the ground, which reduces susceptibility to wind movements. And it makes unauthorized removal difficult. “A special tool is required to deploy and remove it,” Clutterbuck explains.

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Read full article here: http://battle-updates.com/virtual-sentries-by-henry-canaday/#more-8097

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Mesmer™ counter-drone solution demonstration

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EPE and Department 13 demonstrated Mesmer™ counter-drone solution  to potential defence, security and law enforcement customers from a range of federal and state government agencies.  The demonstrations held at ADFA as part of the Counter Non Traditional Threats Conference hosted by the UNSW Capability Systems Centre, were attended by over 200 people.

The Mesmer Counter Drone Demonstration showcased a non-kinetic mitigation of Unmanned Aerial Systems.  MESMER™ can detect, identify and mitigate either hostile or nuisance drones across a range of national security, defence or commercial applications. The solution utilises patented protocol manipulation technology to take over the drone when it flies into a defined air space. Once the operator has control of the drone the threat can be mitigated in a way that is not dangerous to personnel or infrastructure in the area

Mesmer is one of the only C-UAS technologies that focuses on protocol manipulation to mitigate the threat. Department 13 CEO Jonathan Hunter said the technique uses signal features and metadata to select and apply strategies including “taking control” of the UAS, flying it, and landing it safely in a location of choice.

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Australian Counter IED experts deliver bomb search training to PNG

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Brisbane based Counter IED experts deliver specialist bomb search training to PNG in preparation for 2018 APEC.

A team of instructors from Brisbane firm EPE, has delivered a series of specialist bomb search training courses to members of various agencies in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby.  The progressive training took twenty students through Basic Search, Search Team Leader and Search Commander training over a three week period.  The training has produced a core group of trained personnel from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF), the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and the Correction Service who are now able to plan and manage complex search operations to support high profile events such as the upcoming APEC conference to be held in 2018 and the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup that begins on the 4th of November.

With support from the Australian Federal Police, the EPE team was able to gain access to a number of hotels, sports stadiums and other venues in the Port Moresby area to enable realistic search operations to take place.  The training was funded by the Australian Government as part of their ongoing support and capacity building to Papua New Guinea.

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MesmerTM counter-drone solution demonstration, Metricon Stadium

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EPE and Department 13 this week demonstrated the MesmerTM counter-drone solution to potential defence, security and law enforcement customers from a range of federal and state government agencies in Queensland.  The demonstration was held at Metricon Stadium, the flagship venue for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  The MesmerTM  demonstration showcased a non-kinetic mitigation of Unmanned Aerial Systems.

MESMER™ can detect, identify and mitigate either hostile or nuisance drones across a range of national security, defence or commercial applications. The solution utilises patented protocol manipulation technology to take over the drone when it flies into a defined air space. Once the operator has control of the drone the threat can be mitigated in a way that is not dangerous to personnel or infrastructure in the area.

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Join us at the Inaugural Counter-NTT Conference and Exhibition 2016

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Counter-NTT is an inaugural conference targeted at those who have an interest in countering the non-traditional and improvised  threats from chemicals, biological hazards, radiation, nuclear, explosives, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, other hazardous materials, and pandemics. The conference is focused at decision makers, operational staff and practitioners alike from Defence, government, academia, defence industry, other government agencies, emergency services and health organisations.


Thu, 10 Nov 2016 at 8:30 AM until Fri, 11 Nov 2016 at 5:00 PM

Location: Adams Auditorium
Contact: Wayne Hargreaves
Email:


Presentations

The keynote presentations for Counter-NTT include:

  • Brigadier John Shanahan, Joint Counter Improvised Threat Task Force
  • JB Burton, Leidos and former Commanding General, Headquarters 20th CBRNE Command (TBC)
  • Colonel Jean Marie Gontier, Paris Fire Brigade
  • Dr Mike Logan, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

The presentations for Counter-NTT include:

  • Chemical and Biological Weapons and efforts to prohibit them, Bob Mathews
  • The Protection against Chemical and Biological Weapons, Rebecca McCallum
  • Recent Developments in Medical Countermeasures,Mick Alderton
  • The Chemical Warfare Agent Laboratory Network, Harry Rose
  • The Australian Biological Laboratory Network, Matthias Dorsch
  • The Analysis of Toxins, Craig Brinkworth
  • Metabolism of Carfentanil, an Ultra-Potent Opioid, in Human Liver Microsomes and Human Hepatocytes by High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Michael G. Feasel
  • Increasing the speed, sensitivity and portability of biological agent identification for biosecurity applications using protein-profiling and molecular methods, Dr Michelle Gahan
  • Counter Improvised Threats Research – Impact Dynamics, Professor Paul Hazell
  • Civilian Tactical Medicine – Are we Missing the Big Picture?, Mel Brown
  • Countering the UAS Threat on the Asymmetric Battlefield, Robi Sen
  • True Standoff Detection of Explosives, Chemical Weapons Agents, and Narcotics, Warwick Penrose on behalf of COL (R) Roy C. Waggoner
  • Joint Forensics and Exploitation Enterprise, Dr Lauren Wilson
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Research, Dr Sharyn Gaskin

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FPECM to deliver hi tech Defence jobs in Queensland

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Tri-Lateral agreement promises life-saving technology can be upgraded quickly in Australia to counter the growing use of RCIEDs in Terrorist Incidents, whilst securing high-tech defence jobs in Queensland.


EPE, Allen-Vanguard and Surface Technology International enter into an agreement, in principle, to establish Depot Level Repair, Spiral Upgrade and Advanced Manufacturing capabilities at EPE’s Brisbane Facilities to support current and next Generation Force Protection Electronic Counter Measures (FPECM) Systems in Australia..


EPE (Brisbane, Australia) is pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of negotiation with Allen Vanguard (“AV”, Ottawa, Canada), the manufacturer of market-leading FPECM systems and Surface Technologies International (“STI”, Hook, UK) a leading Contract Manufacturer of advanced electronic systems that will lead to the establishment of a full manufacturing, upgrade, and repair capability at our Brisbane facility. This engagement will provide a full repair and overhaul facility as well as future engineering support to the Commonwealth of Australia.

AV has fielded over 16,000 FPECM systems worldwide and currently provides FPECM capability both to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies. STI operates as the international Manufacturing Partner to AV and has manufactured over 6,500 FPECM systems on their behalf at their Nadcap-accredited facility in Hook, UK. This new agreement will support EPE in delivering an indigenous capability for depot level repairs and spiral upgrades to AV’s existing FPECM Fleet in use by Commonwealth and State Agencies from EPE’s Brisbane-based Maintenance Facility. This support package will reduce the cost, time and logistics burdens for these activities whilst securing high-tech defence jobs in the Greater Brisbane area.
STI will conduct a technology transfer and will invest in training new recruits by providing highly trained personnel to augment EPE’s core of deployable Field Service Representatives (FSRs) while also providing Quality Assurance support. This agreement will provide significant Through-Life Support cost savings to current clients, and ensures that this life saving FPECM technology can be upgraded quickly in Australia to counter the growing use of Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) in Terrorist Incidents.
EPE and STI will further leverage this capability to assist with the development and commercialisation of other emerging technologies that can be utilised to defeat the threat of terrorist or criminal use of explosives and CBRN materials.

Warwick Penrose, Managing Director of EPE commented: “This agreement will provide the foundation with which Australian Industry can build a long term platform to ensure a fully sovereign FPECM capability for the Australian and New Zealand governments. With the ability to conduct depot level repairs and to provide spiral upgrades into existing FPECM fleets we can ensure that our clients can keep up with the rapidly evolving and expanding use of RCIEDs as terrorist weapons. We are very pleased to have two world leading technology partners supporting us in this goal and are genuinely excited to be able to leverage this capability into the development and commercialisation of other technologies that we feel can make a genuine and enduring difference to defeating terrorist threats.”

Simon Best, Managing Director of STI commented: “We are delighted to be a party to this agreement so we can help to expand the coverage of the lifesaving AV FPECM product range and assist in developing sovereign capabilities for the Australian market. We are confident that alongside our partners we will be able to deliver and sustain future ground breaking technologies that will make a difference in protecting lives and defeating the terrorist threat.”
Mike Dithurbide, President of Allen-Vanguard commented: “This highlights the importance of the Australian market to AV and our commitment to delivering capability solutions that provide sovereign autonomy and meet the user’s needs in protecting the lives of Commonwealth personnel deployed around the world. Having our long term Manufacturing Partner STI aligning so closely with our major Channel Partner EPE is a natural step and is testament to the progressive approach to capability support that EPE has become synonymous with. Reducing the support burden both in time and distance (and inherently cost) will benefit all involved.”


ABOUT EPE

EPE provides Counter IED and Force Protection solutions and support to Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, Law Enforcement, and other government agencies. We are former bomb techs and Counter IED specialists with real world operational experience. We understand how Counter IED equipment is used and, more importantly we understand the demands placed on equipment and operators in the current ‘high-threat’ environments in which they may be deployed. We also understand the demands of the training and preparation required for operations. Our aim is to source the very best range of battle-proven Counter IED equipment to help us deliver to our customers, a comprehensive and sustainable capability to meet evolving threats. We deliver equipment, through life support, training and consultancy.


ABOUT ALLEN-VANGUARD

Allen-Vanguard is a leader in providing customized solutions for defeating terrorist and extremist threats, including Radio Controlled IEDs (RCIEDs). Defense Forces, Public Safety & Security agencies around the world trust our world class solutions to provide integrated capabilities to help save lives every day. Users worldwide trust Allen-Vanguard’s products for personal protection and to complete their dangerous missions. This battle-proven equipment is developed in close collaboration with end users and is tested to perform as an integrated system in the harshest conditions.


ABOUT SURFACE TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
Surface Technology International is an Electronic Solutions Provider, specialising in contract electronics design and manufacturing for world-leading customers in high reliability industries. We are certified to AS 9100, AS9100 Rev C, ISO 9001, TS 16949, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. Founded in 1989, STI has grown steadily to become a leading player in a number of key industry sectors – especially Aerospace, Defence, Security and Energy – with a customer diversity that ranges across the Automotive, Telecoms, Medical, Satellite and Industrial sectors in both the UK and around the globe. STI offers the complete set of electronics manufacturing solutions – Development, PCB Assembly, Final Assembly, Test and Integration. Based in the UK, our international footprint includes


For further information contact:

EPE, Brisbane Australia.  Warwick Penrose, Director.
Mobile: 0412 506 776.  www.epequip.com

AV, Ottawa, Canada.  Bobby Strawbridge, Director Business Development,
Mobile:  +1 613-608-4585. www.allenvanguard.com

STI, Hook, UK.  Simon Best, Group Managing Director.
Mobile:  +44 7769 638991. www.sti-limited.com

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EPE Supports the Currie-Monash Commemorative Dinner

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Crowds gathered at the Australian War Memorial for the Currie-Monash Commemorative Dinner, celebrating the achievements of Canadian General Currie and Australian General Monash in World War I.

The third annual ‪Currie-Monash Commemorative Dinner brought together defence, government and industry leaders from Australia and Canada. The High Commission of Canada hosted the dinner to remember the battle of Amiens, which commenced on August 8th, 1918. At Amiens, the Allies shock troops were the Canadian Corps and the Australian Corps, fighting side-by-side for the first time under their own commanders, General Arthur Currie and General John Monash. EPE was a sponsor

of the event and it was attended by EPE Managing Director, Warwick Penrose who was accompanied by Mike Dithurbide, President of Canadian company Allen Vanguard Corporation.

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EPE at LAND FORCES 2016 6 – 8 September, Adelaide

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LAND FORCES 2016 is Australia’s premier land defence exhibition and a leading land defence forum for Australia, Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.
Visit us at Land Forces 2016 hosted in Adelaide from the 6th to the 7th of September. Booth Number: Hall 2 2Q29

The EPE Exhibit will feature the latest technologies from world leading suppliers in:

  • All Hazards Detection including Chem, Bio, Rad, Explosive, Narcotic and Stand Off Detection
  • All Hazards Management and Decontamination
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems including Counter Drone technology
  • Unmanned Land Systems
  • Tactical Systems
  • Electronic Counter Measures
  • EOD and Search

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Department 13, Australian Counter UAS Solution

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The emergence of small, lightweight, low cost Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) offers many applications in the theatre of conflict, but their ubiquitous nature and ease of use make UAS as much a threat as they are an asset to the Defence Force. The use of UAS by conventional, non state and irregular forces has added another dimension of threat on the asymmetric battlefield, enabling adversaries to observe the disposition and capabilities of the ADF. The ADF needs a capability to neutralise this potential threat and inhibit the situational awareness of enemies and antagonists.

This is equally applicable in the commercial sectors, specifically the oil and gas sector where the use of drones to assist with exploration and surveying is a great asset.  However, they also pose a threat as a tool to be used against energy infrastructure.

This article published in Oil and Gas Australia discusses the Mesmer technology which has been developed by department 13 as a response to this threat.  Mesmer can integrate with a variety of sensors to detect, identify, track and mitigate commercial drones.  Department 13 is partnered with EPE to deliver this innovative technology to the Australian market.

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Queensland Police Detonated a Bomb in Peregian Beach

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POLICE have recently charged a man following an incident in Coolum that occurred April the 20th.

Around 10.45pm, a man went to a Centenary Height Road address where it is alleged he threatened a woman with a firearm before fleeing the scene.

Specialist police have attended the scene and after three people were removed from a residence, it will be further alleged that a number of suspicious items were found in a vehicle and inside a residence.

A man was taken into custody without incident earlier this morning, and police detonated a device at the property.

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‘Suspicious device’ sparks emergency at Arundel

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On March 11th, an emergency situation at Arundel was scaled back after police bomb squad members (wearing EOD 9 Bomb Suit on picture 1) manually deactivated a home made explosive.  A truck driver was emptying a load from his vehicle, which was nor in his possession the past few days, when he found the suspicious device about 10 am. He alerted authorities, sparking a police response under the Public Safety Preservation Act. Several businesses were evacuated and a large area was cordoned off. The device was not detonated, but police confirmed if it had gone off it would have caused significant damage. It is believed a gun and ammunition were also found near the explosive device.

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Congratulations to recipient of the ASEME On-the-job Trainee of the Year for 2015

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EPE is a proud supporter of the ALTC On the Job Training Program.  We congratulate one of our previous apprentices , CFN Daniel Young who has been awarded the ASEME On-the-job Trainee of the Year for 2015, recognising his efforts throughout his On the Job Training.   This is a very prestigious award and EPE is grateful to have been involved in his corporate apprenticeship placements.

CFN Young was particularly notable and made a significant impact during his time with us for both his skills, drive and enthusiasm.  In particular his support to some of our rapid prototyping activities and his insight to 3D modelling has been excellent.  It would be fair to say that EPE has learned and gained as much from Daniel as he hopefully learned and gained from us.  The calibre of Army apprentices placed at EPE over the past year has been excellent and we are grateful for the opportunity to support the program. EPE has found the Program with ASEME Brisbane offers a mutually beneficial experience by providing training to the next generation of Technician Electronic Systems and efficiency and innovative benefits to the company.

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EPE Christmas Party 2015, Restaurant Two, Brisbane

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EPE Celebrated its Christmas party on November the 11th . It has been an amazing year full of success and opportunities, thank you team for your hard work and dedication. Our best wishes for a great Christmas and New Year full of happiness and satisfactions, hoping you have a great catch up with family and friends. See you next year, refreshed and ready  to accomplish even more.

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EPE showcase, Army Innovation Day 2015 in Canberra

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On October 20th, EPE participated to Army Innovation Day hosted by RPDE in Canberra. Over the day, RPDE aimed to showcase leading-edge capabilities from industry to key Army stakeholders in order to inform Army’s modernization and capability development. We have been selected to present two of our following products,

  • Zephir BioHarness, an advanced Physiological Monitoring Module that incorporates class one BlueTooth technology, has a smaller form factor, and provides heart rate, breathing rate, and 3-axis accelerometery.
  • Scimitar Tactical Live, a real time Command and Control (C2) System which provides commanders on the ground better situational awareness. It is a wireless LOS/NLOS information collection and fusion tool as well as providing mission and training analysis, and intelligence gathering. EPE’s own Mission and Training Analysis capability has been captured and fused the data feeds live and provided copies for future review.

Over the open view session, We also had the opportunity to exhibit the Cobham ICE 7701,  an innovative RF interference cancellation technology offering a breakthrough in the level of sensitivity restoration which can be achieved in on-board communications systems in a jamming environment.

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Man Out Of The Danger Zone Demo Day Hosted By EPE

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On October 1st, EPE hosted representatives from RPDE, DFAT, Defence, police, AG’s   in Canberra, the “Man out of the Danger Zone” capability demonstration day.
EPE brought together a team of international subject matter experts to showcase the latest Unmanned Systems (UAS/UGV) but also to demonstrate how they can be applied for All Hazards (CBRNE / TIC/TIM /Narcotic) detection and enhance ISR.

 

On the day we showcased the following technologies:

Instant Eye UAS: InstantEye is a high-performance, low-cost aerial system that can be hand launched/recovered by a single person in any weather. The vehicle weighs less than 500g and can go from a stowed configuration to airborne in under 30 seconds. Our presentation showed how this capability can be employed to enhance Tactical ISR, as well as Chemical / Radiological / Gunshot detection and Harris Radio retrains.

CBRN Talon: This fast and mobile robot capable of climbing stairs, negotiating rock piles, and traveling through water, sand and snow can also be used to detect, excavate then neutralise CBRNE threats. In Canberra, We presented the capability of our robot integrated with a full suite of CBRN Sensors (and Heavy Lift Arm)

Portable Raman Improvised Explosives Detector (PRIED): We also < demonstrated how the PRIED, an advanced mobile chemical detection system, can be employed to provide a multi spectrum Stand Off detection. Scimitar Tactical: SCIMITAR is a real time Command and Control (C2) System which provides commanders on the ground better situational awareness. It is a wireless LOS/NLOS information collection and fusion tool as well as providing mission and training analysis, and intelligence gathering. EPE’s own Mission and Training Analysis capability has been captured and fused the data feeds live and provided copies for future review.

 

Our International Guest Speakers recognised as industry leaders in their fields, provided a brief on their respective capabilities and how they are currently being employed to support Coalition forces currently deployed.

EPE would like to sincerely thank our Guest speakers for sharing their priceless experience and expertise about all hazard detection.

  • Chuck Waggoner (Colonel Rtd): Director Deployments, Alakai Defence Systems, former Commander Task Force Paladin
  • Nathan Desmeule: Director BD, Land Systems, QinetiQ North America (QNA)
  • Tom Schmit: Senior Scientist, UAS Sensor fusion, PSI Corp

 

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ADF support NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul

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An Afghan National Defense and Security Forces student in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit uses a metal detector during an explosive ordnance test at the EOD School at the Central Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.

There are three Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Advisers embedded within Headquarters Resolute Support providing specialist, logistical and training support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The three advisers are part of the 400 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed across Afghanistan in a variety of roles as part of Operation Highroad, supporting the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Resolute Support is focused on training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan security institutions at the operational, institutional and ministerial levels.

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Australian Navy Clearance Divers surveillance exercise

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Not necessarily our kit… but really cool photos nonetheless!

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers emerge from the waters of Pittwater whilst conducting a surveillance exercise at Palm Beach in Sydney. Clearance Divers are the Australian Defence Forces’ specialist divers. Clearance Diver tasks include specialist diving missions to depths of 54 metres, surface and underwater demolitions, and the rendering safe and disposal of conventional explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices.

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Vic Pol Bomb Squad detonate IEDs at home of teenager

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Australian police have arrested a 17-year-old on terror charges in a Melbourne suburb and say they have halted a plot to detonate three homemade bombs in the city.

A house was raided in the northern suburb of Greenvale on Friday.

Five men were detained last month, also in Melbourne, for allegedly planning an attack on an Anzac Day ceremony.

Last September saw the country’s biggest counter-terrorism operation, with 15 people arrested.

The arrested youth has not been named, but is due to appear in court on Monday.

The charges include “preparation for a terrorist act” and possessing “things connected with a terrorist act”.

Police detonated three devices found during Friday’s raid in Greenvale.

Heavily armed officers made the raid after a tip-off to a security hotline.

“There is evidence of a bomb plot that was in a reasonably advanced state of preparation,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday.

Police said they were unable to confirm what the target for the alleged attack was.

“But let me tell you, something was going to happen,” Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan told a press conference in Melbourne.

“As a result of Victoria police and AFP interception yesterday, some Victorians are going to be alive,” he added.

Last month, the authorities in Melbourne said they had uncovered a plot to behead a police officer.

Two teenagers were charged with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack
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QPOL EORT on the job with TAC6 & Digital Vanguard

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For more than four hours, the bomb-squad and dozens of police officers shut down streets across Brisbane, after a suspicious package was discovered underneath a car.

Dozens of police officers and a detection robot were called to Arthur Street at 7.40 am.

Unsure what they were dealing with, investigators took no risks and shut down the entire surrounding block in Fortitude Valley.

“They just turned up out the front and stopped letting cars through,” witness Carl said.

Investigators used radar technology to determine what was inside the suspicious plastic case.

Police eventually uncovered what they described as a GPS tracking device.

“It is harmless and will be the subject of further examination by our scientific scenes of crime and local detectives,” Acting Inspector Gregeory Veivers said.

The object was discovered under a Black BMW and its driver Tom Rook, a well known Fortitude Valley property developer, is now covered in finger print dust.

It is understood he discovered a less sophisticated device near his car yesterday, claiming a disgruntled ex-girlfriend could be behind the placement of the tracker.

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/05/14/19/41/brisbane-bomb-hoax-may-have-been-caused-by-disgruntled-exgirlfriend#D17vbFEoM0TYfD1i.99

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EPE Supports G20 with specialist search capability

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2014 G20 Contraband Detectors

Australian Army 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit has released photos of the Australian Army in support at G20. Australian Army soldier Sapper Sebastian MacCormac, from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER), uses a contraband detection device during a vehicle search at a Suncorp Stadium vehicle checkpoint.

Members of the Brisbane-based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment along with a team from Amberley-based No. 2 Security Force Squadron have worked alongside Queensland Police Service personnel as they provide a search capability to maintain security throughout the G20 Summit in November 2014. The ADF personnel are assisting police at checkpoints around Brisbane where vehicles are checked using specialised search equipment to ensure the safety of delegates and members of the public attending the various G20 events.

The role of Defence in the G20 security arrangements relates to the provision of niche security capabilities in support of major events consistent with its obligations under the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework. The Australian Government has deployed appropriate ADF assets available to support the G20 taskforce and civilian police to provide a secure environment for the conduct of G20 events, including the Leaders Summit held in Brisbane on 15 and 16 November.

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EPE hosts Ken Pirie, former Deputy Director CTTC

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EPE is currently hosting Ken Pirie in Australia to collaborate on ADF Projects Land 3025 and Land 2110. EPE’s long relationship with Ken started in 1998 when EPE Director, Warwick Penrose participated in Live Agent Training at DRDC Canada as part of the ADF’s preparations for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  Since then, EPE and Ken have formed a positive working relationship that encourages and sustains the exchange of technical and operational information, ideas and experiences specific to the mitigation and management of terrorist driven CBRN threats.

Ken Pirie retired from Canadian federal government service in 2012 as the Head/Demilitarization Operations and International Training Programmes at the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Suffield, Alberta.

He specialized in explosive engineering application, blast physics, chemical and conventional ordnance disposal, demilitarization project management specific to the recovery, process and destruction of abandoned chemical weapons and the design, implementation and management (use) of specialized prototype equipment and systems employed in the destruction of chemical filled ordnance.

In 2006 Ken was acknowledged by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as a “Qualified Expert” in his field and as such, participated in OPCW operations specific to “Investigations of Alleged Use” of chemical weapons by opposing states parties.  As Deputy Director, Counter Terrorism Technology Centre, Ken directed global First Responder Training Programs (FRTP); he produced the curriculum and directed national live agent training operations for the Department of National Defence, militaries of foreign governments, other government agencies (foreign and domestic) as well as Canadian and International first response communities.

 

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1st Joint Public Affairs Unit has released photos from G20.

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Photos released by Australian Army 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit show Search equipment supplied by EPE for G20.

Australian Army engineer Sapper Steve McMillan, from the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, uses a Non-Linear Junction Detector to check storage boxes at the Brisbane Convention Centre in preparation for the G20 Leaders Summit. Australian Army engineers have conducted thorough searches of venues around the Brisbane CBD in support of the Queensland Police Service as the city gears up to host the G20 Leaders Summit over 15 and 16 November 2014.

The soldiers are assisting police at various locations around Brisbane using specialised search equipment to ensure the safety of delegates and members of the public attending the various G20 events. The role of Defence in the G20 security arrangements relates to the provision of niche capabilities in support of major events consistent with its obligations under the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework. The Australian Government has deployed appropriate ADF assets available to support the G20 taskforce and civilian police to provide a secure environment for the conduct of G20 events.

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‘Explosive substance’ sparks lockdown in Brisbane

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Members of the police bomb squad dispose of the volatile chemical picric acid with a controlled explosion in a park at The Gap.

A volatile chemical taken to a suburban Brisbane police station could have detonated in transit, officers have warned.

Regional duty officer for the Brisbane Region Inspector Steve Flori said an elderly resident of The Gap in Brisbane’s northwest discovered the substance at a home after her ex-husband – a former chemist – was admitted to hospital. The sensitive chemical could be activated by friction and movement and was used as an explosive in World War I.

“That wasn’t its current application in relation to this couple at The Gap,” Insp Flori said. “But in its current state that we had it, it was highly explosive and the safest option for us was to dispose of that substance via a controlled explosion.”

Members of the bomb squad detonated the chemical in a park next to The Gap police station.
Information and photo from The Courier Mail August 18 2014.

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EORT respond to suspicious device at train station

2014 08 12 Indooroopilly Train Station suspect device

Qld Police Bomb Squad member wearing an EOD9 suit at the incident
Qld Police Bomb Squad member wearing an EOD9 suit at the incident
A suspicious device that sparked a bomb scare at Indooroopilly train station has turned out to be a school student’s science project. The Queensland Police Explosive Ordnance Response Team attended the scene. Police say the high school student left their science project at the station by mistake. The device brimming with wires was so suspicious that the bomb squad was initially convinced it could be dangerous.

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Sunset aboard Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta

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The Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta is currently berthed in Brisbane and the Commanding Officers of Naval Headquarters South Queensland and HMAS Parramatta hosted an official reception on Saturday evening.  Guests were invited to enjoy a ceremonial sunset on board.  EPE Director, Warwick and his wife Gill were on board.  Also EPE Financial Controller, Nicole Sauer attended with her husband, Group Captain Simon Sauer.

HMAS Parramatta is a long–range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

 

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We say goodbye to our second Defence Apprentice

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2014 07 14 Defence Apprentice Dexter1 lo resEPE has hosted our second Defence Apprentice and what a great young guy with a great attitude and work ethic. Dexter spent 6 weeks learning different aspects of our Defence Maintenance business working with our fully qualified technicians on :

  • fabrication and integration of am alarm system into ECM units
  • Assembly Guide for ECM alarm system
  • Technical Inspections of EOD9 suits at SOER and DEOTS
  • Technical Inspections of Dragon Runner UGVs at DNSDC
  • Elevation Motors on Talon UGV

EPE congratulate Dexter on your posting to 1st Regiment at Gallipoli Barracks.

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Defence Industries Queensland Event hosted by Deputy Premier

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EPE attended the Defence Industries Queensland Networking Function hosted by the Honourable Jeff Seeney MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland, which was attended by 240 guests representing Defence, Queensland Government and Defence Industry in Queensland.

The Deputy Premier gave an address as did the Queensland Defence Industries Envoy – Mr Lindsay Pears. Mr Pears focused on the growing potential of Queensland in his address, stating ‘Our proximity to regional turbulence is self-evident, as is our strategic infrastructure and the need to defend it. We will continue to work closely with defence to make sure that Queensland’s strategic plans are understood at the outset, that they acknowledge defence intent and encourage defence presence, and to ensure that we ease force placement. Presence, proximity and capability equals growth, and that is what we will strive for in Queensland, the strategic state and the front line for defence industry.’

EPE was very pleased to not only attend the event, but also provide ‘light entertainment’ supporting the theme of the event by demonstrating some key Defence capabilities. EPE displayed the EOD9 bombsuit and TAC6 Lightweight Bomb Suit, and demonstrated the TALON and Dragon Runner 20 bomb disposal robots.

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EPE’s first Defence Apprentice finishes his placement with us

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Our Defence Apprentice Josh
Our Defence Apprentice Josh

EPE is very excited about supporting the Defence Apprentice Program having Apprentices placed with us for on the job training. Our first apprentice, Josh has recently finished his placement. He’s described his time spent at EPE:

‘EPE, as the latest addition to civilian detachments for trainee RAEME tradesman, provides us with the opportunity to conduct maintenance, design, fabrication and troubleshooting on explosive protection, detection and disposal equipment. The skills learnt throughout our trade training are expanded with the unique tasks that EPE provides and challenges us to “think outside the box”, a necessity for the role of Electronics Technician. We look forward to improving the qualiity of RAEME tradesman through partnership with EPE’

Josh did a great job – contributing to the completion of a number of projects – repair of ECM backpacks returned from deployment in Afghanistan, finishing production of devices for Defence MARS training, Bomb Suit inspections, and participated in the TALON Maintenance Course delivered to Defence by EPE.

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EPE and IMSL Announce an International Partnership

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EPE has teamed with IMSL to develop synergies in their respective markets. EPE provides IMSL with leverage, knowledge and experience of the Australian and New Zealand Defence and Security market for its specialised training and service offerings, and IMSL has identified potential in other markets for EPE packages of equipment, training and consultancy.

Warwick Penrose, CEO of EPE, says “This arrangement is built on many years of personal relationships and goodwill between the two companies. We are encountering a very real market for IMSL in our home territory and are excited by the potential for a reciprocal relationship in areas where IMSL is pursuing a number of lines of development”.

While Andy Green, CEO of IMSL, added “Our friendship with EPE is built on real respect. It is clear that we can help each other as we both seek to expand our businesses globally – there is no overlap , but real opportunity to leverage each other’s access in specific markets. We look forward to exciting times together.”

About IMSL – The Intelligence People

As international intelligence specialists, with bases in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, IMSL understands the huge potential that harnessing the power of quality, timely, and actionable intelligence can bring to your organisation. We also know that delivering effective intelligence is a complicated business – that’s why we’ve made it our business.

Our core purpose is to support effective decision-making and the ability to rapidly and confidently move from data to options to informed decisions. IMSL provides every component of the process to make this possible.

We deliver intelligence expertise, training, services and support across multiple sectors – including commercial organisations, financial institutions, insurers, military, law enforcement, government, public and community services – so we appreciate that a customer’s requirements are always unique. Our team of intelligence professionals has extensive domain expertise and is dedicated to working with you to deliver products and services tailored to your needs.

To find out more about IMSL, visit our website.

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EPE supports our local school to commemorate Anzac Day

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EPE supported our local school, New Farm State School in their commemoration of Anzac Day on Thursday. Warwick Penrose was the guest speaker joined by firefighter James Dowdell from the Fire Department of New York City. Warwick spoke to the Primary School children about his experiences as a Captain in the Australian Army and in particular his journey to Gallipoli on Anzac Day in 1995. He also spoke about continuing the Anzac Spirit in our daily lives. Warwick was joined by FDNY firefighter James Dowdell at the ceremony, who spoke of the spirit of cooperation not only between Australia and New Zealand, but also with the US.

They told the children a story about when Warwick in his role with the Australian Army had gone on a counterterror training trip to New York in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Warwick spent weeks with the Fire Department of New York where they were benchmarking procedures for CBRN incidents in their training for securing the Olympics in Sydney. Warwick spent time with Rescue 4 in Queens and met FDNY Lt. Kevin Dowdell and his team. As a momento of the cooperation between Australia and the US, the pair exchanged gifts. Kevin’s gift to Warwick was a FDNY helmet signed by Kevin and his team. Three years later in September 11, Kevin was killed in the Twin Towers along with a number of his team.

In Washington in 2011, Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard visited Capitol Hill and offered “a precious possession” – the tale of a fire helmet that proves the enduring legacy of 9/11’s heroes. Warwick had offered to have the helmet taken back to the US to be returned to Kevin’s family. Ms Gillard presented it to Kevin’s son James from FDNY Ladder 174 in East Flatbush.

As New Farm State School was established in 1901, a number of students who attended the school in the early 1900’s went on to fight in WWI. The school has a memorial with the names of 24 students who died in WWI.

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Victoria Police Bomb Response Unit dispose of suspicious device in Melbourne’s north

2014 01 23 Vic Pol Suspected Pipe Bomb

2014 01 23 Vic Pol Suspected Pipe Bomb

Victoria Police Bomb Response Unit was called yesterday to a suspicious device in a park in Melbourne’s north after its discovery led to the suspension of a train line.  The device was found at Kelvin Thomson Park off Cleve Road in Pascoe Vale about 8.30am on Thursday.  The Craigieburn rail line was shut down and a local bike path closed as the police Bomb Response Unit investigated.

The Bomb Response Unit used an Unmanned Ground Vehicle to transport the suspected pipe bomb from beneath the Tullamarine Freeway.  It was placed in a safe position where it was  inspected by a Bomb Technician wearing the EOD9 Bomb Suit.  It was placed beneath sandbags and safely disposed of.

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EPE to represent QinetiQ North America unmanned ground vehicles in Australia and NZ

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EPE and QinetiQ North America have partnered. EPE will represent the range of unmanned ground vehicles and their controllers including the TALON® Series manufactured and supplied by QinetiQ North America.

QinetiQ North America’s International Business Manager said ‘we will support EPE with all through-life support capability including spares, maintenance and training. EPE has accredited service engineers to conduct maintenance on the TALON® unmanned ground vehicle. EPE has been designated as QinetiQ North America’s authorized maintenance representative and reseller for all TALON® products, services and spare parts for QinetiQ North America in Australia.’

EPE is proud to have a maintenance team fully qualified in servicing and repairing the QinetiQ NA family of robots in a fully equipped, secure facility.  We also deliver TALON® Robot Maintenance courses for DMO – in 2013 we trained 11 Defence personnel in maintenance of the robot.  Participants learn various OEM endorsed fault-finding techniques and the correct procedures for assembly/disassembly of the ROV.

Around the world, the TALON® military robots have earned a reputation for durability, reliability and flexibility when protecting personnel by remotely dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  Since TALON’s initial deployment in 2000, the QinetiQ North America family of robots has expanded to include small, medium and large unmanned vehicles that can be configured for specific tasks, such as IED defeat, CBRNE/hazmat identification, reconnaissance, combat engineering support and SWAT/MP unit assistance.

EPE looks forward to supporting Australian and New Zealand Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders with the QinetiQ family of unmanned ground vehicles.

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EPE selected as RPDE Associate

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20131206adf8588365_128-webEPE (Zangold Pty Ltd trading as EPE) is pleased to announce that the Australian Department of Defence’s Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation (RPDE) organisation has selected EPE to be an Associate of the RPDE Program.

Associates are generally academic institutions or specialist Australian companies with a relevant R & D Program.  The common selection criterion to join the program is that the organisation has to demonstrate it has skills and expertise in one or more of the following niche capability areas:

  • Military systems and materials/platform integration
  • Communications/electronics/networking
  • Human factors engineering/ operations research/ organizational analysis
  • Data/ information management/ fusion
  • Software development/ integration

RPDE was established as a unique collaboration between Defence, industry and academia, bringing together the best and brightest from across the defence industry spectrum. The aim is to utilise the formidable results that are possible when combining these forces in a neutral, non-competitive environment, knowing that intellectual property and commercial interests are protected.

On Friday 6th December, EPE attended a special event in Canberra for the signing of the Standing Offer and the Joining Deed by new Associates.

EPE looks forward to working closely with the RPDE Program and being able to apply its knowledge and expertise to assist in solving some of Defence’s most complex capability problems.

To view the RPDE announcement: https://www.rpde.org.au/Portal/News/Details/141

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EPE major sponsor of 2CER Summer Ball

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EPE was proud to once again be the major sponsor of the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) annual Summer Ball which was held on Thursday 21st November in Brisbane.

Referring to the Ball, the Commanding Officer of 2CER said “This has been another challenging year for 2CER. The transition to barracks routine and home life following back-to-back rotations to Afghanistan in 2012 has proven to be a test for our members and their families. Many of our soldiers who have been conducting our most dangerous mission in countering the threat from improvised explosive devices and mines have found it hard to adjust back to life at home. The memory of our three soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan and their more than 20 wounded comrades is a constant reminder of the sacrifice of the Regiment’s members and their families.”

EPE is proud to support this event for the soldiers.

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WA Police dispose of TATP

Click here to view video of WA Police disposing of TATP – decked out in gear supplied by EPE.

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Last week WA Police  searched the Leschenault Estuary near where a member of the public spotted submerged packages on Tuesday afternoon.

It is not known whether the volatile chemicals had been dumped or whether they were being stored in the water in an attempt to keep them stable.  A man apparently spotted a package while fishing off the jetty and alerted police.

Preliminary tests indicated the powder-like substance was illicit drugs.  But when the seized packages were examined more closely, they suspected the substance was something more dangerous.  TATP is a white crystalline powder and can resemble amphetamines.

Authorities realised they had not found drugs but instead a highly volatile bomb and a decision was made to destroy the powdery chemical.  A delicate operation was launched to transport the chemicals to nearby Gloucester Park, where they could be safely disposed of.

Bomb squad officers in protective suits carefully lowered the containers into five separate 2m deep holes and buried them before they were each blown up in a series of controlled explosions.

 

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Qld Police Bomb Squad Dismantle Suspected Pipebomb

2013 10 22 Pipe Bomb Redbank Plains Revision Helmet2013 10 22 Pipe Bomb Redbank PlainsPolice executed a search warrant at a Jason Court home in Redbank Plains about 3.20pm yesterday. During the course of the search they found a suspicious device inside a Black Nissan Skyline.

The Queensland Police bomb squad was called to the home. The bomb squad utilised a remote-controlled robot to remove the item and examine it remotely prior to conducting further tests and X-Rays.  The bomb squad dismantled the suspected pipe bomb. Photos from scene show the bomb squad using an array of detection and protective equipment supplied by EPE including EOD9 Bomb Suit and

Helmet ensemble, Revision Viper Helmet, Digital Vanguard robot, and X-Ray equipment.

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Talon Robot Maintenance Training to boost performance of ADFs TALON Fleet

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Participants and Trainers

 

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Hands on Fault Finding on Talon Robot

EPE recently delivered our first 2 Talon Robot Maintenance courses for DMO.  11 Army personnel representing 5 different Units from  across Australia have completed the 4 day training.  Feedback from both courses has been extremely positive with participants particularly happy with the balance of theory and practical hands on fault finding.  Participants learn various OEM endorsed fault-finding techniques, also the correct procedures for assembly/disassembly of the ROV. This training empowers the end user to carry out the correct maintenance techniques.

EPE will continue to provide this training for DMO, which will increase serviceability and availability across the TALON ROV Fleet.