PRESS RELEASE: Harvesting explosives proving valuable in disposing unexploded ordnance
May 31, 2012
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- CERDEC-developed Explosive Harvesting System continues to make a significant contribution to landmine and unexploded ordnance clearance operations in Cambodia.
The EHS safely removes explosives from anti-tank mines, large caliber projectiles and other ordnance, and then re-casts the explosive material into charges used to destroy stockpiled landmines removed from the ground during demining operations. The non-profit organization Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is conducting an operational field evaluation of the EHS in Cambodia. The Cambodia Mine Action Centre then distributes the charges to mine clearance organizations operating throughout the country. In April 2012, GWHF neutralized 172 ordnance items, which allowed them to deliver 3,000 charges to CMAC. GWHF is continuing to develop improvements to the existing prototype EHS.
CERDEC's humanitarian demining research and development program is led by its Night Vision and Electronic Systems Directorate. It develops, demonstrates and transitions new technologies for landmine detection, vegetation and mine clearance, and mine neutralization. To accomplish this mission, CERDEC NVESD invests in new technologies that contribute to the global humanitarian demining effort; provides improved, easy to use and affordable technologies; maximizes use of rapid prototyping involving commercial off-the-shelf equipment to develop, fabricate and test prototype equipment; informs the worldwide humanitarian demining community of program developments; and supports host nation requested in-country assessments and operational field evaluations of prototype equipment.