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The Kingdom of Thailand is affected by mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including both abandoned explosive ordnance and unexploded ordnance (UXO), the result of conflicts on its borders with Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, and Myanmar. The precise extent is not known, but the estimate of contamination as of end 2014 was in 474km2 across 328 areas. A 2001 Landmine Impact Survey (LIS) identified 530 communities in 27 of Thailand?s 76 provinces, and more than 500,000 people, as mine/ERW-affected, estimating total mine/ERW contamination at 2,557 km2. TMAC reported the total confirmed hazardous areas (CHA) had been reduced to 496km2 by the end of 2013 and to 474km2 by the end of 2014. TMAC?s latest assessment in mid-2015 reported contamination in 16 provinces totaling 461km2. Seven provinces along Thailand`s 700km-long border with Cambodia, used as a base for Cambodian non-state armed groups (NSAGs) in the 1980s and 1990s, are the worst affected, accounting for 80% (381km2) of the end-2014 total. TMAC identified another 91km2 of contamination on its northern border with Lao PDR and western areas on the border with Myanmar TMAC reported that 16 of Thailand`s 77 provinces are still affected by mines. Phayao province was removed from the list of contaminated provinces after the last area in Chiangkam district was released in 2014, and Mae Hong Son province in July 2015 after TMAC had quality assured the last task area in Khunyuam District.

Source: Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor

MINI MINEWOLF

MINI MINEWOLF

The Mini MineWolf (MMW) is an armored, remote controlled mine clearing system using tiller and flail attachments. The tiller`s teeth engage the ground to a depth of 25 centimeters, physically destroying anti-personnel (AP) and anti-tank (AT) landmines, and mulching vegetation up to 15 centimeters in diameter. With either attachment, the MMW can survive both AT and AP mine blasts. Clearance rates of 5,000 - 12,000 square meters per day can be expected depending on soil and vegetation type. Operation is by remote control with video monitoring. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group (MAG); Thailand Mine Action Center; Tajikistan Army (2010-2011)

 

PECO WOLVERINE

PECO WOLVERINE

The Wolverine is a commercially available remote-control brush cutter manufactured by Peco, Inc. Peco based the Wolverine on modifications the HD R&D Program made to their Brush Blazer model to make it suitable for use in small anti-personnel minefields covered by light vegetation. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia, Thailand MIne Action Center

 

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. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

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

 

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

 

Medium MineWolf

Medium MineWolf

The Medium MineWolf is a powerful remote control or manually operated mine clearing system that uses large earth tilling and flail attachments to neutralize landmines. The tillerís teeth engage the ground to a depth of 25 centimeters, physically destroying anti-personnel (AP) and anti-tank (AT) landmines, and mulching vegetation up to 15 centimeters in diameter. The Medium MineWolf can survive both AP & AT mine blasts.

PARTNERS: Thailand Mine Action Center

 

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