ARMTRAC 20T MK2 DEVELOPMENT LEADS TO SALES IN COLOMBIA AND KURDISTAN
Armtrac has now developed a Mk2 A20T Robot. It is much more powerful than the Mk1 with its 74 HP Kohler engine and it is capable of driving a tiller as well as a flail. All the features and toolkits available on the Mk1 A20T are also available on the Mk2 and although heavier than its predecessor, ground bearing pressure is still less than 5 psi.
This is the machine for challenging terrain where larger machines cannot access because it is small, manoeuvrable and can climb, descend and traverse steep slopes & deep gullies due to its low centre of gravity & power.
The new improved control station not only transmits operator demands to the A20T, but it also facilitates operation by displaying key vehicle data. When cameras are fitted, the LED display unit is situated on the control unit with a protective surround to reduce glare. This can split the screen for the 4 cameras, or display a single camera image.
Like the Mk1, the hydraulic Backhoe Excavator is fitted onto the rear of the Armtrac 20T using a quick hitch system.
The excavator attaches a Grapple or a Manipulator Grab for investigating suspect IEDs or for moving them to a safer location for further investigation/render safe procedures. Alternatively, the excavator can operate a standard Scrape Bucket for exposing buried EO/IEDs or constructing trenches to mitigate the effects of EO. The Manipulator Grab, Grapple, Scrape Bucket and the Strimmer can all be exchanged rapidly using standard tools.
A Disruptor for disposing of surface IEDs can also be fitted to give additional capability. To complement this and other requirements, the close up camera systems fitted on the Excavator provides a live video link to the LED on the Control Station.
Following a successful year in 2016 supplying several Armtrac 400s to both Nigeria and Egypt, 2017 is promising to be an equally successful year. As a result of the Peace Agreement signed in Colombia between the Government and FARC, there is now increased emphasis to clear the mines and IEDs that remain following the conflict. Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) are responsible for part of that clearance programme and are just about to receive four Armtrac 20T Mk2 with Flails to assist their clearance operations. Training will start in May 17. A fifth Armtrac 20T Mk2 has been procured by Mines Advisory Group (MAG) to conduct operations in Kurdistan which will be delivered next month together with a 3.5 ton trailer, tiller, flail, mine comb, backhoe, manipulator and grapple.
SUCCESSFUL LIVE EXPLOSIVE TRIALS IN SAUDI ARABIA
Live trials were undertaken in Saudi Arabia during Nov 16. The Armtrac C-IED Roller System positioned on the front of an Armtrac 100-350 was put to the test using M7-A2 Anti-tank mines which the roller correctly activated leaving one of its rollers damaged as designed (see left)). Rollers are quickly replaced if damaged. Each wheel bank of rollers are designed to shear at the weakest point if a higher explosive charge is encountered; a whole wheel bank section can be completely replaced if greater damage is caused to the frame and as they are interchangeable, replacements can be fitted on either side. Following an xplosion, the presence of victim activated devices has been confirmed, so there will be a probability that the route contains such devices and clearance techniques have to be adopted.
This could be assisted using the Flail on the rear of the Armtrac 100-350 or using detection and nvestigation methods using Ground Probing Radar; Armtrac can now fit the Cobham TS Amulet GPR system to
the Armtrac 100 – 350.
A Flail on the Armtrac 100-350 was also successfully tested against two Mk15 Anti-Tank mines (10 Kg TNT
equivalent) which saw one explode (see below) and the fuse from the second one separated from the
main body of the mine successfully neutralising it so that it could not function.
ARMTRAC IS EXPANDING
Armtrac has just completed two major infrastructure projects. The construction of a new training wing
(see left) and the completion of a 2000 square feet new section of enclosed manufacturing space (see
right). These are expected to facilitate the increase in projected orders during 2017 and 2018.