Signal: RSK sets up unexploded ordnance business

Global engineering provider RSK has announced the creation of a new company specifically tasked with providing Explosive Ordnance Risk Reduction (UXO) and Explosive Ordnance Risk Reduction (EORR) services, an area likely to grow following the widespread use of anti-armor and anti-personnel mines in continuous conflicts.

In a January 12, 2024 announcement, RSK said its Ordnance Management business will support existing and new clients with services such as bomb disposal, UXO and munitions management, risk assessments, ground investigation, ground contamination and environmental impact.

RSK Group Chief Executive Alan Ryder said the new business would contribute to UXO research and exploration: “Our multi-disciplinary work across the UK and the world, in land and marine environments, has made us realize the very real need for an enterprise of this nature.’

The start-up has amassed a range of experience in the field, including carrying out international UXO and demining projects in more than 25 countries, delivering UXO and training to national authorities and providing EORR services to UK MoD clients, according to RSK .

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RSK Ordnance Management Technical Director Richard Holmes served in the British Army Ordnance Disposal Regiment providing UXO and EORR services in Mali, Somalia and Ukrainealongside running UK operations for a number of UXO operators.

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The UK military has provided extensive training to the Ukrainian military in mine detection and disposal, with millions of Russian mines being flown onto battlefields in eastern Ukraine. In addition, more than 1,500 hand-made mine detectors have been provided.

Further back, the UK is also contributing to global demining efforts, pledging $1.1 million to support Norwegian-led UXO operations in Laos in 2019.

Few positions in the global UXO industry have been advertised until Q4 2023, although the creation of new businesses specifically targeting the industry will likely serve to increase opportunities.

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