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Philippine engineers receive mine detection vehicles

13th April 2022 - 02:37 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Combat engineers of the Philippine Army have received half of their allotted Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 vehicle-mounted mine detectors. (Philippine Army)

The Philippines has received its first ever mine detection vehicles, but handheld mine detectors are proving more elusive.

Combat engineers in the Philippine Army have received the first two of four vehicle-mounted mine detectors, after they arrived by ship from the UK in late March.

These Armtrac 100-350 Mk2 vehicles are based on a JCB Fastrac 8000 tractor. They will be operated by the 525th Engineer Combat Battalion, which is a unit of the 51st Engineer Brigade.

The Philippines purchased four vehicles for PHP110.4 million ($2.15 million) under the Combat Engineering Equipment Lot 6 project in mid-2021. The final pair of vehicles will be delivered by July 2023.

The vehicles can be operated remotely or with a crewman

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