Landward sciences

The CSIR undertakes research and development to understand the effects of explosive events to develop protective interventions for vehicles and the crews on board.

This includes protection against landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and threats such as RPG-7s. A major part of the work in this domain is undertaken as test and evaluation studies for clients.

Components of the work are:

  • Threat characterisation and surrogate development
  • Explosive events testing, measurement and evaluation
  • Modelling and simulating the impact and effects of the event

A purpose-designed Detonics, Ballistics and Explosives Laboratory, where data from blast events are collected for input in the design of protective solutions, underpins work undertaken in this area.