Published: December 27th 2009December 24th 2009
A cleared DA in Kaji Keli
This Demining Area has been cleared by the big MW370 machine, only the road through remains, the machines and control point are in the distance
I've spent quite a few blogs now on the travelling part of the job, how much I have been lucky enough to see and travel through, so I thought it time to put together a bit of a photo collage and a movie of the machines in motion, doing what they do and clearing mines.
The videos, if you can download them are well worth watching, especially the one of the big machine actually detonating an anti-tank mine, it did a fair bit of damage, but then that's kind of what it was designed for! If you listen carefully you can hear a piece of shrapnel whizzing and bouncing off the armoured vehicle the guys are sat in, oh and excuse the language!!
The machine was completing clearing a line up to the other machine that you can see in the video, this machine wasn't being operated properly and managed to track over an anti-tank mine, blowing the left hand front track end clean off....lots of damage, took nearly 8 weeks to crane it out of the field and remake the track undercarriage before it was operational again!
The photos are just a random few that show bits of the job,
Marker stones on the DA
Looking into the bush where the machine has worked, a very effective vegetation clearer! But no more mines.. they found anti-tank and anti-personnel mines in this DA
no point in putting too many boring technical ones up there...
The Malakal sunset video gives an idea of how flat and big this part of Africa is, just flatness to the horizon, with the snake of the river to break the grass plains.
The video of the MMW240 working is not the most exciting, but that is waht the job is about, chewing up soil very slowly, to a depth of between 20 and 30cm, making sue nothing is missed.
A UN quality assessor lost part of his lower leg last year checking an area that had been "manually fully cleared" he stepped on a missed anti-personnel mine....
The picture of the damaged tiller was one of MTI machines that hit an anti-tank mine last year, as you can see it caused a fair bit of damage!
Hope this helps get a better picture in folks mind about the mechanical part of the mine clearance work, I haven't been in the field when the dogs and the manual guys have been clearing, but when I do I will try and get some photos up for interest.
There are more photos below