The European Defence Agency (EDA) has launched a new project to develop a deployable field laboratory for forensic research of road-side bomb explosions by mid-2011.

The mobile laboratory will allow forensic experts to analyse the improvised explosive device (IED) incidents in an effort to prevent further attacks.

The laboratory will be tested in an operational environment and the results will be shared among the EDA member states.

European defence ministers have also launched a research and technology programme on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection.

The CBRN research will focus on second and third-generation protection capabilities to be operational beyond 2015.

The EDA is currently preparing research programmes in the areas of unmanned aerial systems, counter-IED, network-enabled capabilities, situational awareness, joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.