Cambridgeshire based Armtrac Ltd, a specialist in explosive mine clearance equipment UK, has signed a contract for two Armtrac 400, its largest mine clearance vehicle, and specialist demining toolkits to the Egyptian Government. The contract worth $2.5 million (USD) was signed by Ambassador Fathi El-Shazly, Director Egypt Mine Action Programme and Steve Brown, Managing Director of Armtrac on Tuesday 26 May 2015 in the Egyptian Embassy, London in the presence of Lucy Frazer QC MP; Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire.
Armtrac designs and manufactures directly operated and remotely controlled mine clearing equipment to help clear land-mines in current and former war-zones, including Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, as well as for the clearance of Ministry of Defence firing ranges in the United Kingdom. The company also provides servicing, spares and support for its customers worldwide. Armtrac has an on-going research and development programme through its engineering team that have many years’ experience of manufacturing and using mine clearance machines.
Armtrac machines operate a number of engineering and construction tools, as well as demining toolkits, which make its products highly flexible and adaptable outside of the minefield as well. This specific additional capability helped it win a major contract with the French MOD recently. The new contract adds to previous contracts concluded between the Executive Secretariat for the demining and development of the North West Coast and Armtrac in 2012, 2013 and earlier this year for mechanical demining machines (Armtrac 400 and Armtrac 75T) bringing the total amount of contracts between the two sides to
$ 5,524,389 (USD).
There are about 21 million land-mines in Egypt, in the area from Alaxandria to the border with Libya, laid by the allies and German troops during WWll. There are compelling reasons for removing them with the humanitarian aspect being the most important: thousands of Egyptian civilians have been killed and maimed by land-mines. Since records have been kept in 1981 there have been over 8000 victims of explosions including over 800 fatalities. The Egyptian Government is determined to put an end to the suffering of its nationals residing in the contaminated region and stop the suffering that the Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) have caused so far.
Furthermore, the North West Coast (NWC) region and its desert hinterland, are known to have immense natural resources including over half a million acres suitable for agriculture and about three million acres suitable for grazing and agro industrial activities as well as huge mineral resources and a great potential for tourism. By removing the threat of WW2 ERW, the full development potential of the NWC will be realised. This will allow greater numbers of Egyptians to resettle in the NWC region, famous for its moderate climate all year around, which in turn will have a positive impact on the national economy overall because of the job opportunities expected to be created from the ambitious planned development.
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