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Vietnam is massively contaminated by cluster munition remnants from the Vietnam War although the extent is not known. An explosive remnants of war (ERW) survey published in 2018 reported 61,308km2 or 19% of Vietnamís surface is contaminated. Cluster munition remnants are said to be present in 32 of the countryís 63 provinces and cities. The Army Engineering Corps performs most of the cluster munition remnant clearance in the country. Although the Corps does not provide data regarding its clearance, it has reported encountering substantial amounts of cluster munitions abandoned by the US military. The mine problem in Vietnam is small compared with its other explosive remnants of war contamination. Most mines were left by conflicts in the 1970s with neighboring Cambodia and China and affect areas close to its borders with those countries. The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is evaluating three Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program mechanical tools; two area preparation vegetation cutters and a soil sifting bucket. The HD R&D Program deployed two systems to Vietnam with the Norwegian Peopleís Aid in 2019; the Scorpion unexploded ordnance system and the Bearcat area preparation system.

Sources: To Walk the Earth in Safety, 2019
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

 

Scorpion

Scorpion

Scorpion is a man-portable unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection system that utilizes a one meter wide electro-magnetic induction (EMI) sensor and a total field magnetometer to detect buried UXO objects in an overpass mode. The system uses differential global positioning system (DGPS) to provide centimeter accuracy of target locations and mapping capability. Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release.

PARTNERS: Golden West Humanitarian Foundation - Cambodia 2012; Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia; Norwegian People`s Aid - Vietnam

 

Bearcat

Bearcat

The Bearcat is a remote controlled, skid-steer chassis integrated with a vegetation cutter and a remote monitoring system for operation in suspect mine and UXO contaminated areas. Bearcat utilizes a completely commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS), plug-and-play, remote control system, and is designed for a wide range of area preparation tasks. The system allows demining and battle area clearance teams to quickly and efficiently remove vegetation for follow-on manual clearance teams. Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release.

PARTNERS: Mines Advisory Group - Cambodia; The HALO Trust - Colombia; Norwegian People`s Aid - Vietnam

 

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