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The Lebanese Republic is contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war after many years of civil conflict and Israeli military operations, the last of which took place from July–August 2006. Heavy contamination from cluster munition remnants exists in southern Lebanon. Most of the contamination is on valuable agricultural land. Approximately 34km2 of land, including the Blue Line (the line of withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces) is known to be mined. More than 16km2 is contaminated with cluster munition remnants. An additional 11.7km2 is suspected to be contaminated by mines, cluster munitions, or booby traps (some of which meet the Mine Ban Treaty definition of a landmine). The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is currently evaluating several Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program sifting attachments integrated with its own excavator and front loading equipment. The small Terrapin remote controlled excavator with area preparation and demining attachments is also undergoing an evaluation with MAG. These demining tools have helped MAG clear over 5,000 mines and unexploded ordnance from 133,000m2 of land.

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

Multi-tool Attachments

Multi-tool Attachments

The Humanitarian Demining Research and Development (HD R&D) Program has developed a wide variety of excavator and loader based tools for mechanical mine clearance. These attachments give deminers the capability to perform area preparation, technical survey and mine clearance from a safe area. Tools that have proven useful include vegetation cutters, grapples, tillers, and buckets for sifting, grinding, and crushing. The HD R&D Program has modified several small, medium and large class excavators with armor protection and the interfaces needed to use these tools in various demining environments. Operational Field Evaluations (OFE) can be performed with HD R&D Program developed excavators or loaders, or with just the tools mounted to the demining organization`s own host equipment. Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group; Golden West Humanitarian Foundation; The HALO Trust

 

Terrapin

Terrapin

The Terrapin is a small, versatile remote controlled excavator-based system designed to perform area preparation and clearance tasks in anti-personnel (AP) contaminated minefields. The Terrapins small platform based system makes it fuel efficient as well as light weight. The six ton Terrapin features several attachments which give it the capability to clear vegetation and obstacles so demining teams can access the mine suspect areas, and mechanically remove and neutralize mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group - Lebanon

 

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