CAMP BUNDELA, India (Oct. 15, 2009) - The Indian army's 31st Armor Division led an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) workshop and a demonstration that familiarized its personnel and 2nd squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, "Strykehorse," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division's personnel with different types of IEDs and equipment to counter IEDs during Exercise Yudh Abhyas here Oct. 19.
The workshop started out with a two hour instructional presentation in a classroom setting and moved to a range for an Indian army explosives team demonstration and a static display of the explosive team's equipment.
"It was interesting and good to know because anyone can come in contact with an IED," said Private First Class John Mould, intelligence analyst, Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, "Strykehorse," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. "It's good to see someone else's techniques, tactics, and procedures."
Mould added, "I'm new to the Army and 2-14th Cavalry is my first unit, so this was my first IED demonstration."
The demonstration only took about 30 minutes, but the very technical process involved an explosives detection team, which included an explosives sniffing dog, several different bomb technicians, and a bomb vehicle control team.
Once the detection team discovered that explosives were present, the technicians moved in to confirm and detonate the explosive device.
"This demonstration was amazing," said Lt. Vignesh Jagadale, engineer platoon commander. "It is normally presented to Indian army officers."
After the demonstration, 31st Armor Division had a static display set-up so the Soldiers could get a hands-on experience with the detection and control devices. There were also different types of IEDs and materials used to make them.