UK to Spend $248m on Roadside Bomb Efforts in Afghanistan

14 December 2009 (Last Updated December 14th, 2009 18:30)

The UK is to spend £150m ($248m) to upgrade training to detect roadside bombs over the next three years. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the million-pound package would include funding for new facilities for training in the UK for detecting and diffusing roadside bombs and a ne

The UK is to spend £150m ($248m) to upgrade training to detect roadside bombs over the next three years.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the million-pound package would include funding for new facilities for training in the UK for detecting and diffusing roadside bombs and a new analysis centre to interpret data from surveillance and intelligence activities in Afghanistan.

Currently, British forces operating in Afghanistan are using unmanned planes to track suspicious activities, and robots to help locate roadside bombs.

"We have increased our specialist forces, our electronic surveillance, our intelligence and our handheld detectors and we have dismantled around 1,500 IEDs in recent months," Brown said.

Britain has recently announced that it would send an additional 500 troops to Afghanistan taking its total deployment to 10,000, including special forces.