Chemring introduces new WASP IED disruptor
Chemring EOD has launched a new lightweight and rugged disruptor for the defeat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The system, called WASP, has been designed to reduce the soldier burden, particularly for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team members on dismounted patrol.
The WASP water-jet disruptor weighs less than 1kg when fully loaded and ready to use, and offers a 2kg weight saving compared to the current in-service Pigstick disruptor. WASP can also be easily carried and operated by a single person, making it ideally suited to both dismounted special forces and conventional EOD.
The system can be deployed using its own lightweight stand; or, using the supplied stand adaptor, can be mounted on conventional tripods or Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). To increase operational flexibility, WASP has also been designed to work with a variety of cartridges. In addition to being compatible with existing Pigstick cartridges, WASP can be fired using the Chemring 12G cartridge; and this choice in initiation means existing or alternative stock can be used, mitigating potential supply issues.
WASP offers comparable performance to larger disruptors such as the Pigstick despite its lighter design. Since it uses the same water-jet technology that users are familiar with, adoption of WASP requires minimal training.
Mike Luedicke, general manager, Chemring EOD, said: ‘WASP has been specifically designed to meet the needs of EOD operators where the pace of operations requires a minimal weight burden, but still needs an effective and highly reliable IED disruption system. While WASP offers a significant size and weight advantage to users, it still maintains optimum disruptive effect for a wide range of IEDs.’
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