Demonstration of the GCS-100 remote-controlled platform in Colombia
Scope of Colombia’s mine problem
Colombia’s problem with landmines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) is the result of more than fifty years of conflict with illegal armed groups. The national mine action database indicates that 31 out of Colombia’s 32 departments are mine/ERW contaminated. Survey and clearance operations in Colombia have found that contamination consists primarily of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), often acting like a standard anti-personnel mine, planted along roads and footpaths, schools and homes, and other infrastructure. The Colombian Army has taken the lead on demining activities in Colombia, but the manual clearance activities demand a lot of human resources, are very time consuming and dangerous. To increase the overall safety and efficiency of clearance operations, both the Colombian Army and the Navy are looking for the mechanical solutions that are versatile, compact, easy to use and suitable for the demanding environment of Colombia.
GCS track record in Colombia
The team behind the Global Clearance Solutions (GCS) has been providing mechanical assets, training and maintenance support to the Colombian Army and Navy for the last ten years. This successful cooperation has resulted in the development of the multi-purpose GCS-100 platform, which is specifically suited to be used in Colombia.
The GCS-100 system, in the mine clearance configuration, was demonstrated in Colombia for the Colombian Navy and Army in January 2017. The first demonstration was held for the Colombian Navy - Humanitarian Demining Unit of the first Navy Marines Infantry Brigade in the area of Corozal and El Carmen de Bolivar, and the second demonstration was held for the Colombian Army - Brigade for Humanitarian Demining in the Tolemaida Military Base in Melgar.
GSC-100 - Advanced platform that responds to Colombia’s requirements
Overall, the GCS-100 machine performed extremely well in this very challenging and harsh environment where the air temperature was 37° Celsius and dry soil mixed with stones and rocks. GCS-100 processed the soil to the depth of 13-16 cm, and performed very well against medium and high, extremely dense vegetation. The remote-controlled platform also demonstrated operation on a slope of 30° without any difficulties.
Representatives of the Colombian Army and Navy were impressed with the ease of use of the GCS-100 platform, very low fuel consumption, ease of transport, logistics and maintenance efforts compared to the other equipment they are currently using in Colombia.