Bosnia and Herzegovina
Clearing minefields in Bosnia with PT-300 D:MINE
Land mine contamination in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a serious consequence of the war which raged from 1992 until 1995 resulting in one of the most severe land mine problems in the world.
In December 2014, following a tender for a demining machine, the Bosnian Civil Defence selected the PrimeTech PT-300 D:Mine mechanical demining machine produced by the Italian FAE Group SpA company.
Th PT-300 D:Mine prepares the ground for landmine clearance, removing vegetation and obstacles and clearing landmines. The PrimeTech PT-300 machine is built (and has been certified according to the CWA 15044/2009) for both Antipersonnel (AP) and Antitank (AT) mines.
In 4 years of activity the machine cleared one 1 million square meters of land and the machine is working properly for a safe, efficient and effective ground preparation and mechanical demining and has proven extremely reliable.
During the last November, the FAE Group engineers upgraded the machine to the state of the art including the following features:
Automatic Speed Control: this function manages engine power between the tracks and the tiller head, setting the machine speed autonomously and in relation to the load coming from the rotor. Consequently, this keeps the tiller rotating and processing soil without interruption. Having this function prevents an operator from stalling the tiller as a result of driving too fast for the soil conditions.
Automatic Depth Control: when a suitable setting is chosen, the Automatic Depth Control allows the machine to till the ground to a determined level by enabling the tiller to float into the terrain delivering a consistent and even working depth across several different ground profiles and vegetation densities.
G3 Rotor: the PrimeTech TD/300 250 Tiller was equipped with an extremely resistant rotor that is equipped with an extremely wear-resistant tool (Model G3 and STC3). This rotor also has the advantage of covering a 2.5m wide working area in one pass without gaps maximizing the probability of neutralizing small AP mines. PrimeTech is confident that these innovations will grow the operational scope of demining machines and boost the productivity of demining teams.