Demonstration of the GCS-100 C-IED/EOD platform in Thailand
Insurgency in Southern Thailand
Since 2004, there have been almost daily attacks in Thailand’s deep south, in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, including arson, bombings and shootings. Targets have included civilians and members of the security forces, government offices, tourist hotels, discos, bars, shops, marketplaces, supermarkets, schools, transport infrastructure and trains. Over 6,000 people have been killed and almost 12,000 were injured between 2004 and 2015. Thailand is also contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including both abandoned explosive ordnance and unexploded ordnance (UXO), the result of conflicts on its borders with Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Clearance of mines has started more than ten years ago, but there is still not a precise estimate of the extent of mined areas in Thailand.
Mechanical Solutions for Countering IED/EOD Threat
The team behind the Global Clearance Solutions (GCS) has been providing mechanical solutions, training and maintenance support to the users in the Southeast Asia for the last ten years. As a part of ongoing cooperation, GCS has demonstrated the capabilities of the new multi-purpose GCS-100 platform to the security forces in Thailand. The GCS-100 system, in both the C-IED/EOD, and the mine clearance configuration, was demonstrated in Thailand for the representatives of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, and the Royal Thai Police. Demonstration took place at the Engineering Corps demolition site outside of Ratchaburi and it featured multiple scenarios where the robotic manipulator arm, with a selection of remotely interchangeable front-end tools, was used for the safe remote handling of explosive devices. The GCS-100 platform with tiller attachment was demonstrated in the mine clearance and vegetation clearance scenario, tackling medium and heavy dense vegetation.
GSC-100 -Advanced multipurpose platform that helps security forces
Overall, the GCS-100 machine performed extremely well in all demonstrated scenarios, in very challenging and harsh environment of Thailand with the air temperature of more than 37° Celsius and high humidity, and a very dry red soil mixed with stones and rocks.
Representatives of Thailand security forces were impressed with the ease of use of the GCS-100 platform, and the wide range of capabilities in the field of C-IED/EOD operations where GCS-100 platform was able to deal with heavy improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and vehicle-borne IEDs (VBIEDs).