There are two types of demining: military and humanitarian. Military mine clearance is the process undertaken by soldiers to clear a safe path so they can advance during conflict. In this case, mines are only cleared if they block strategic pathways required in the advance or retreat of soldiers at war. Humanitarian demining is very different. It aims to clear land so that civilians can return to their homes and their everyday routines without the threat of explosive hazards. The aim of humanitarian demining is to restore peace and security at the community level.
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has 5 core components of mine action, which together are often deferred to as ‘demining’
- Clearance of Mines: The removal and making safe of unexploded ordnance.
- Mine Risk Education: Educating people to understand mines and to adopt practises to reduce the risk of injury
- Victim Assistance: Care and rehabilitation of those affected by ordnance
- Advocacy: Supporting programs to reduce the use of land mines. Especially in civilian areas.
- Stock Pile Destruction: Destruction of unexploded ordnance left after conflict.
NIC Instruments offer a range of products to assist in Mine Clearance and Stock Pile Destruction.
For clearance operations, we offer a range of hook and line systems, which the Epsilon HL007400 is the most well suited. This is a basic hook and line kit, that meets the requirements of most demining teams. We also offer a range of trios which assist in lifting ordnance out of the ground. We also offer a Demining EOD Tool Kit EOD009989, which has a range of vegetation clearance tools, protective equipment and investigation tools.
For stock pile destruction we offer a number of firing systems that comply with the Ottawa Treaty. Please contact us for more details. We also offer a demolition kit EOD009990 for the safe carrying of all equipment necessary for activating a detonator, fuse or a disruptor/de-armer to destroy unexploded ordnance.