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The Solomon Islands forms an archipelago in the Southwest Pacific about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) northwest of Australia. Guadalcanal is one of several main islands making up the archipelago. The island chain and particularly Guadalcanal was the scene of massive fighting between United States and Japanese forces during World War II. A tremendous amount of deteriorating unexploded ordnance from World War II remains on Guadalcanal, posing a serious hazard to the population and preventing land from being used by the very poor population. In mid-2011 the Department of State initiated an effort to assist the Solomon Islands Government eliminate the unexploded ordnance threat on Guadalcanal, which included a request for assistance by the DoD Humanitarian Demining Research and Development (HD R&D) Program. The HD R&D Program responded by deploying the "Badger" mechanical clearance system which is making a valuable contribution to helping the Solomon Islands eliminate the severe abandoned and unexploded ordnance threat on Guadalcanal.

Source: U.S. Department of State

BADGER

BADGER

Badger, an intermediate area preparation system, is a medium-class 13-ton excavator that can cut vegetation, dig and process contaminated soil, and prepare suspect area for demining operations using a suite of commercial excavator tools. The tools currently available include: soil sifter, brush cutters, grinding drums, grapples and digging buckets. Badger’s reach-in capability allows the machine to travel in cleared areas and operate tools inside suspect area, while its armored cab protects the operator. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia; Golden West Humanitarian Foundation - Guadalcanal

 

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

The Quadcopter is a small commercial quad-rotor platform that provides mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance managers significantly enhanced management support capability. Quadcopter`s high definition video and photographic equipment provide an unprecedented set of tools to help minefield managers perform pre-clearance mission planning, aerial survey and post clearance survey tasks. Video is transmitted in real time, enabling supervisors to monitor clearance activities at any point in the mine / UXO contaminated area being cleared. It also gives clearance equipment operators the ability to examine the ground ahead of the equipment and identify hazards to the equipment. The system is easy to operate and easy to train.

PARTNERS: Chilean National Demining Commission; Golden West Humanitarian Foundation / Royal Solomon Islands Police Force; Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia; Norwegian People`s Aid - Cambodia; Thailand Mine Action Center

 

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