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Obstacle removal and land clearing equipment

A specially designed system for reclaiming and recultivation
of mine-infested farm land.A rotating tool crushes/detonates
mines and other obstacles. The soil will be mixed with the
overgrown vegetation to make fertile usable farm land.

A specially designed patented rotating tool built to clear or crush obstacles and mines, integrated with a versatile CATERPILLAR 973 Track Type Loader and power pack designed to clear large areas of land cost-effectively. Farmland is safely prepared, remains fertile and may be cultivated immediately. Based on newly developed de-mining and cultivating machinery and new principle for its operation. The objective is to develop a system with an effective, long lasting durable tool system: * High resistance in various soils and soil mixtures. * Highly resistance against explosions of mines by using newly developed metal alloys and unique patented designs. Performance according to UNITED NATIONS' requirements for mechanical mine clearing with a success rate of 99.6% clearance. Expected mine clearance and clearance area per system of 12,000 - 15,000 square metres/hour. Integrated to a standard type versatile CATERPILLAR 975 TTL civil tracked loader including: * Special explosion, shock absorber/adapter. * Protection devices and levelling control. * Remote control optional. A complete prototype system will be ready for demonstration. The prototype can be worked by a remote control system and is a standard serial tool ready for serial production. By testing the fully integrated system for duration: * Wear and Tear * Shock sustainability * Achievement expectation per square metre/hour * Final verification of the UNITED NATIONS' target to achieve a 99.6% success rate. Keywords: de-mining, mine clearance, mines.
Acronym: 
ORACLE
Project ID: 
1 588
Start date: 
01-07-1996
Project Duration: 
72months
Project costs: 
1 070 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.