Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) involves the disposal of Explosive Ordnance (EO), including mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).
While, in practice, EOD operations include disposal of all EO, the main focus is on the disposal of ERW. The majority of ERW found during demining operations are small items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), such as sub-munitions, grenades and mortar ammunition. However, ERW can also include larger items such as artillery ammunition, guided missiles, air-dropped bombs, caches of Abandoned Explosive Ordnance (AXO), post-explosion clearance of ammunition storage areas as well as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The wide variety of size and complexity of ERW requires special attention to be afforded to the management of EOD and the qualifications required to deal with the varying devices.
The aim of this standard is to provide specifications and guidance for the management of EOD as part of mine action. It covers general principles and management responsibilities for EOD. It does not provide specific technical guidance for the disposal of particular EO.
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