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The 2018 edition of the Landmine Monitor states the measurable extent of mine contamination in Colombia is not certain although an official estimate is approximately 46,000km2. The problem stems from 50 years of fighting between the government of Colombia and the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla movement. Much of the mine problem consists of homemade improvised mines. The US and Norway in early 2016 announced significant monetary donations in support of the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia to help the country become mine free by 2021. The HD R&D Program developed Bearcat Area Preparation System is undergoing an evaluation with The HALO Trust in the Department of Meta.

Sources: To Walk the Earth in Safety, 2018
Landmine Monitor Report, 2016

Bearcat

Bearcat

The Bearcat is a remote controlled, skid-steer chassis integrated with a vegetation cutter and a remote monitoring system for operation in suspect mine and UXO contaminated areas. Bearcat utilizes a completely commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), plug-and-play, remote control system, and is designed for a wide range of area preparation tasks. The system allows demining and battle area clearance teams to quickly and efficiently remove vegetation for follow-on manual clearance teams. Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia; The HALO Trust - Colombia; Norwegian People`s Aid - Vietnam

 

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