This is the first ever issue of the Armtrac Ltd Newsletter which we intend to publish twice a year. It is intended to cover key business issues and new events to allow our existing and potential customers to keep abreast of our products and direction.
Armtrac gain our ISO 9001 accreditation for manufacture of ammunition disposal equipment
Our principal achievement during the last year was to gain our ISO 9001 accreditation which will open new markets and ensure a total customer focus within the business. We now operate a thoroughly comprehensive Quality Management System and employ the principals of ISO 9001 in the field as well. Our core business remains the manufacture of quality, safe, trusted and operational value for money mechanical equipment to counter the threat from the complete spectrum of Explosive Ordnance including landmines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO). Our core objectives are:
- To keep the price as low as practically possible to remain highly competitive without compromising on quality, safety or trust.
- To keep the customer completely satisfied which we do by maintaining a close and transparent relationship with the client and sending an engineer to support our equipment in the field.
ARMTRAC 20 – ROBOT
This year has seen the launch of the Armtrac 20 Robot series; a remote controlled general purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle designed to undertake high risk operations in hazardous environments, including the removal and clearance of Explosive Ordnance, UXO and other explosive threats. Ideal for technical survey, updating threat assessments and reaching difficult wooded and jungle areas that larger machines cannot access, these robots come on a wheeled (A20) or a tracked (A20T) chassis.
Customers can select a number of primary tools to meet their specific threats taking into account geographical and topographical requirements. These are supported by a number of fundamental secondary tools such as CCTV and GPS and a number of optional toolkits. Powered by a small petrol or diesel engine allowing it to travel up to 25 KPH for several hours, the Armtrac 20 has the ability to support dismounted patrols in rural C-IED operations and therefore we are looking further afield to develop this as a search, detect, confirm and destroy platform by including more sophisticated detection tools.
Overall, the Robot 20 series are highly efficient, versatile and compact Robots which are considerably smaller than all our other machines. Thus they are cheaper to run, easier to maintain and can be transported on standard trailers. The Robot 20T is also an ideal platform for cutting vegetation in restricted jungle and bush areas in support of demining and other EO operations. Given the broad range of threats and geographical requirements around the world, Armtrac retains the flexibility to design and build for each customer’s bespoke requirements in line with our core objectives.
NEW ARMTRAC 100-350s FOR CHAD
In early December 2012, the first of potentially two new Armtrac 100-350s left the Workshop on its way to Chad. The machine will arrive in the New Year to be employed in support of MAG operations in the northwest Tibesti Region prior to the north eastern task being recommenced. In early 2011 it became apparent that a mechanical mine clearance machine was required for Chad. The conditions of deep, continuously moving sand meant that mines could be found as deep as 3m below the original surface. The decision on the most suitable machine was to be made on Ability Manoeuvrability and Cost.
Although there were several machines with the ability to undertake the task, the requirement was made more complex by the remoteness of the northeast Fada region. The requirement was to move the machine easily across very difficult terrain & the wheeled Armtrac 100- 350 was ideal for this. Finally there was the cost. The Japanese Grass Roots Scheme (used to part purchase the machine with the assistance of the UNDP) determined a rough price which immediately ruled out several machines. Using a matrix of all the factors, the experts at MAG agreed that the Armtrac 100-350 was the most suitable machine for the tasks envisaged and the donors concurred.
ARMTRAC 75T-230 AND MINECOMB GETS TESTED AT NVESD FORT BELVOIR
At Armtrac we believe that the machines we manufacture “must do what they say on the can”. Although the Armtrac 75T-230 has already been put through its paces at CROMAC
and has been accredited for use in humanitarian demining, there was an opportunity to have it tested together with our innovative Minecomb system at the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) as well. A new Armtrac 75T-230 was shipped to Fort Belvoir, Virginia in the summer of 2012 to undergo their rigorous testing regime. The Armtrac 100-350 has already undergone NVESD testing which allowed us to make improvements to the tractor and tools following their findings.
ARMTRACS IN THE FALKLAND ISLANDS & IRAQ
A remote Armtrac 75T was deployed for Phase 2 Land Release Operations in the Falkland
Islands in 2012 and it has returned there for Phase 3 this month. Working in some of the toughest peat terrain in the world, it successfully conducted Technical Survey (TS) in and around minefields behind the Stanley Common Fence just south of the island’s capital. After some refurbishment work at our Burwell workshop during the summer, it is conducting TS there again to establish the location of some unrecorded mined areas. Currently a newly produced Armtrac 75T-230 with Cabin is en route to Iraq and an Armtrac 400 is under construction for transportation to Iraq next month.
If you would like to view the original newsletter click on this link to download it: Original Armtrac Newsletter 2013 Issue 1