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Zimbabwe remains contaminated with landmines more than 30 years after its war of liberation in the 1970s. The vast majority are antipersonnel mines located along the border with Mozambique and Zambia. In 2015 the Zimbabwe Mine Action Center reported nearly 75 million square meters of contaminated land in five minefields, an increase over 2014 due to survey activity completed during the year. The five remaining minefields are close to populated areas and have considerable humanitarian, social, and economic impacts on communities. The threat to livestock is particularly severe, with a heavy socio-economic impact because livestock is a major investment commodity in rural mine-affected areas in Zimbabwe. A social-economic survey found that an estimated $55,000 worth of livestock had been lost due to mine accidents by just 10% of households along a 10km stretch of border minefield alone. The area has since been cleared by The HALO Trust. The HALO Trust is evaluating the Handheld Standoff Mine Detection System (HSTAMIDS) in Zimbabwe. Additionally, the Norwegian People’s Aid conducted a two year HSTAMIDS evaluation from December 2014 through May 2016. The HSTAMIDS has been used to clear a combined total over 2,400 mines to date.

Sources: To Walk the Earth in Safety, 2017
Landmine Monitor Report, 2016



The Handheld Standoff Mine Detection System (HSTAMIDS) is the U.S. Army`s AN/PSS-14 dual sensor, handheld mine detector that combines an electromagnetic induction sensor and ground penetrating radar (GPR) to detect landmines. The addition of the GPR significantly reduces the detector`s false alarm rate and the time the operator spends investigating clutter, increasing the operator`s speed and effectiveness. The HD R&D Program is developing improvements to the standard HSTAMIDS to further improve its performance and reliability. The HD R&D program also developed the HSTAMIDS F3S variant which incorporates a more sensitive metal detector to improve performance against deeply buried low metal anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release.

PARTNERS: The Halo Trust in Cambodia, Mozambique (2012-2014), Kosovo,Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe; Mines Advisory Group in Angloa and Cambodia; Cambodia Mine Action Centre (2009-2010); Norwegian Peoples Aid in Zimbabwe (2014-2016)


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