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The Solomon Islands form 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 was the scene of massive fighting between United States and Japanese forces during World War II. A tremendous amount of deteriorating abandoned and unexploded ordnance (AXO/UXO) 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. Additionally, serious damage to the islandís coral reef ecosystem is occurring from fish bombers who use explosive material taken from the UXO/AXO to kill large numbers of fish for market. In mid-2011 the Department of State initiated an effort to help the Solomon Islands Government eliminate the AXO/UXO threat on Guadalcanal. The Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program assisted by deploying the Badger mechanical clearance system which is now being evaluated by the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation in the Hellís Point area near Honiara International Airport. Golden West has cleared over 6,000 AXO/UXO items to date with the Badger. Golden West is also evaluating the Quadcopter Aerial Survey System.

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. Badgerís reach-in capability allows the machine to travel in cleared areas and operate tools inside suspect area, while its armored cab protects the operator. Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release.

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

 

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