DRDO developing mine clearance system
India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is developing a Trawl system for the clearance of mines in the battlefield, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced on 15 September.
The Trawl system, which has been designed to meet the operational requirements of Indian Army, will be used to breach land mines and create a safe lane for vehicles through a minefield in a combat zone.
The equipment consists of Trawl roller, track width mine plough and electro-magnetic device. The Trawl system is capable of breaching a variety of land mines including passive and active influence mines.
Blast trials of the system have been successfully completed, demonstrating the survivability of the equipment when subjected to a successive series of direct blasts.
The prototype is now in the final stages of development, and is expected to be ready for user evaluation trials by the Indian Army shorty.
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