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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. As of the end of 2017, 843 confirmed hazardous areas (CHA) covering approximately 17km2 of land, including the Blue Line (the line of withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces) is known to contain cluster munition remnants. This is down from 883 CHAs and approximately 20km2 at the end of 2016. Lebanon reported mine contamination at the end of 2016, excluding the blue line, to be 20km2 covering 1,431 confirmed hazardous areas (CHA). Blue line contamination is estimated at 27.8km2. 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 7,285 mines and unexploded ordnance from 168,000m2 of land as of October 2018.

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

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.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group - Lebanon

 

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