Defence & Security Industry News - MineWolf Systems
|Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:59 AM|
|MineWolf Systems have supplied MW240 mine clearing device to MINUSMA in Mali.|
MineWolf Systems have supplied two Mini MineWolf (MW240) systems to Mali as part of a UN requirement to equip and train two of the MINUSMA peacekeeping mission contingent’s EOD companies to counter the threat of landmines and deal with the ever increasing threat from improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Demonstration of MW240 with robotic arm and gripper tool
The hardware (including platforms, attachments, supporting tools and spares) was procured by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Mali in the second half of 2013 and arrived in country just before Christmas to await the arrival of the troops for training. In March 2014 a MineWolf Systems training team; consisting of two Field Technicians and the Global Services Manager, arrived in the capital Bamako to deliver six weeks of intensive training for 12 operators, using both of the MW240 systems delivered.
The course participants were split into two groups, one from Cambodia and one from Nepal, each with one instructor. Training started on Monday, 24th March 2014 in a training camp just to the north of Bamako. Once the trainees had mastered the basic operation of the Mini MineWolf’s remote control system, the emphasis switched to using the robotic arm with different front end tools and its use by remote video guidance.
At the end of the six weeks of training, both teams successfully passed the UNMAS accreditation and operational assessment and are now ready to deploy the systems on active operations as MINUSMA determines.The robotic arm is a state of the art attachment for the MW240 for dealing with IEDs. It allows the operator a great deal of flexibility and precision to excavate, manipulate and move or disturb suspect objects remotely from a safe distance under camera guidance, thereby increasing the capability of the EOD company to carry out its role in Mali.
Two field technicians from MineWolf Systems spent a further eight weeks in Mali providing mentoring for the operators. A period of mentoring after training is highly beneficial to any prospective end user, as any complicated mechanical issues can be dealt with immediately, and the close working relationship between the operators and the MineWolf personnel improves and builds upon the results of a successful training package.
MW240 with robotic arm and bucket excavating in Mali