Ukraine opens maintenance center for mine-clearing machines
The Swiss company Global Clearance Solutions (GCS), which manufactures mine-clearing machines, has opened a maintenance center in Ukraine
This is stated in a message on the company's website.
The center is ready to accept mine-clearing platforms when and if repairs are needed.
Fabian Klauser, head of the company's maintenance department, emphasized the readiness to ensure sustainable and optimal use of international mine-clearing investments today and in the future.
"Our workshop is able to accommodate several GCS-200 machines, which are ideally suited to eliminating explosive threats for agricultural land," he said.
He also added that this will allow for the repair of infrastructure such as power poles and the restoration of power supply to civilians.
Mine-clearing efforts in Ukraine
In March, the UNDP said that the area of mined territory in Ukraine is 4.5 times the size of Switzerland.
In August, Ukraine’s Ministry of Economy said that they hoped to clear 80% of the land in 10 years and return it to use.
The same month, Ukraine's first domestically produced machine for preparing soil for mine-clearing received a certificate of conformity. This development allows for the effective neutralization of anti-personnel and detection of anti-tank mines.
On September 22, the Ukrainian Prime Minister announced that Ukraine would launch a market for humanitarian mine-clearing services through Prozorro, an electronic public procurement system.
In October, pyrotechnics inspected over 22,000 hectares of agricultural land. In total, 234,759 hectares of land have been inspected since the beginning of the year, of which almost 178,000 hectares have been returned to economic use. The Ministry of Economy called this a great result.
On November 6, Ukraine received 6 DIGITAL VANGUARD-S robotic systems from Canada to help rescuers remotely defuse explosive ordnance.