From 16 to 26 April 2018, the C-IED COE hosted the 2nd iteration of Basic IED Field Exploitation Course (BIFEC) for 15 Egyptian officers, within the C-IED COE premises in Hoyo de Manzanares. Being funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security program, this course has been developed to meet the training and deployment requirements for approved NATO partners and non-NATO country members of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The course objective was to provide an overview of the execution of C-IED field exploitation. Throughout 2 weeks, the C-IED COE instructors taught the students, the basis of how to conduct a field investigation of an IED event, how to gather and assess the information coming from such an event and how to prepare the reports, for 2 purposes: to assure the immediate intelligence to a task force and to feed the judicial procedure with proper collected evidences, in order to make possible to prosecution and conviction of the perpetrators. Egypt is facing nowadays a real and high IED threat within national territory, mostly posed by the terrorist organizations linked to ISIS. By supporting Egyptian personnel to acknowledge the importance of organizing and conducting an efficient exploitation process, C-IED COE continues to contribute to the building of a strong and credible Egyptian C-IED capability. .



C-UAVs Tech Seminar

C-UAV Spanish Technological


C-IED COE members attended the C-UAV Technological Seminar organized by the Spanish (SP) Ministry of Interior (Technological Centre for Security - Madrid) and the SP Association for Promotion of Strategic Technologies and Industries (APTIE) and held on 15th March 2018.

More than 160 attendees from the Spanish Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, Civil Guard, National Police, Academia and Industry could listen several specialized briefings and discussions on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) threat with a comprehensive approach but focused in technological issues mainly as state of art, legislation, protection of critical infrastructures (PCIs), research and C-UAV solutions.

Session was split into three blocks

A) State of the art of the C-UAV technology (briefings form Academia & Industry), Governmental Research initiatives (SP MoI C-UAV C2 solution & SP MoD-CONDOR project).

B) Overview of the UAVs threat (National Centre for Protection of Critical Infrastructures, MoD, Industry)

C) Solutions and C-UAVs systems provided and implemented in Industry (HORUS X and others) and in the SP Armed Forces (AUDS) and DRONE Defender as a portable solution.

Seminar showed clear needs for a deep understanding of this cutting-edge threat and for a better coordination in implementing C-UAV solutions (portable, mounted, fixed or modular and scalable). Costs are also a pressing issue because very cheap UAVs could be needed a great investment in a C-UAV system.

To overcome a new and increasing threat as UAVs it could be used (individualized or swarming attacks) against a huge number of potential targets, civilian and military too there a need for a strong investment in innovative R&D solutions, ample and adapted to risks raised. Also urban environment adds constraints for using C-UAV systems. Much more effort is required in C-UAV.



During 13 – 23 November C-IED COE hosted the Basic IED Field Exploitation Course within its premises in Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain..

This course is funded through the SPS Program funds, and is opened to NATO partner nations. This iteration was organized for 15 Egyptian students, who have responsibilities in the investigation of IED events, within Egypt.

The delegation was led by Brigadier General Doctor Tarek Ali.

Brigadier General Tarek Taha Ahmed (EGY AF)– Thank you very much to the C-IED COE- BIFEC was a really excellent course, providing a complete basic training in the exploitation field. We met here friendly, well-educated and polite teachers and trainers. I, personally loved to attend it! Thank you once again for all your great effort! 

Spanish maritime ferry seminar

TransmediterraneaC-IED COE organized a conference on the maritime threat for the Spanish company Trasmediterránea.

On 31st October 2017, C-IED COE organized a Conference on the maritime threat addressed to the Spanish company Trasmediterránea, in its facilities in Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid).

The purpose of this symposium was to publicize the current maritime threat, inform about the possible scenarios that could occur, know the material and techniques that could be used as well as promote exchange, debate and best practices in this area.

This seminar was attended by more than 20 attendees including personnel from the Trasmediterránea company, C-IED COE personnel, Security Forces, National Police and Guardia Civil.




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