Hammer Comes Down on Improvised Threats


Throughout October and early November 2019 militaries from 12 countries travelled to the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia to test their Force Protection systems that can prevent the detonation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and also defeat small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or ‘drones’ that can be used to drop explosive devices or conduct surveillance on friendly forces.

The test results gathered at Thor’s Hammer 2019 will improve the effectiveness of these systems and potentially save the lives of military personnel on operations.

2019 marks the first time Thor’s Hammer has been held in Australia.

The previous two exercises were held in northern Europe.

Australian Department of Defence

October 31, 2019