Nigeria is currently facing an unprecedented threat from terrorism. Communal attacks led by Boko Haram have left thousands dead and has heightened the threat of landmines and IEDs being laid within its borders. In the wake of this increasing threat, the Nigerian Army has recently procured three Armtrac 400 demining machines with high speed flails from ARMTRAC Ltd; a Small/Medium Enterprise (SME) located in the United Kingdom near Cambridge. The contract was signed in February and delivered in August 2016. The Nigerian Army are currently undertaking training to operate and maintain the machines prior to using them for the mechanical clearance of mines, booby traps and IEDs in northern Nigeria.
ARMTRAC Ltd has 15 years’ experience of manufacturing and supplying mechanical demining equipment for the clearance of Explosive Ordnance (EO) worldwide. In 2015 the Company won a contract with the French MOD for several Armtrac 75Ts and with the Egyptian Mine Action Programme for two Armtrac 400s and one Armtrac 75T. The Armtrac 75T is a smaller tracked version of the Armtrac 400. Both of these machines are flexible enough to undertake heavy engineering and construction tasks as well as demining and C-IED roles using multiple toolkits; a unique selling point (USP) of the Company. Armtrac’s innovative C-IED and Demining solutions are underpinned by its founder, Steve Brown, who has a vast knowledge and experience in mechanical systems for the demining and engineering sector and was the Chief Design Engineer for some of the earliest mechanical demining equipment provided for the First Gulf War in 1991.