With security forces and civilians increasingly exposed to the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), landmines and explosive remnants of war, Swiss company MineWolf Systems (Stand 08-A32 in the Swiss Pavilion) offers a range of innovative solutions.
In recent times, its large MW370 has cleared mine-contaminated land for the oil and gas industry in Iraq. The MW240 was deployed in Bahrain for IED and EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) operations, and in Pakistan to clear cluster munitions from runways. UN peacekeepers in Mali are also using it for IED and mine clearance. In the four years to 2014, German and British forces in Afghanistan successfully employed the unmanned Mini MineWolf (MW240) to conduct route clearance on patrol.
MineWolf prides itself on its customisable ‘toolbox concept’, with an array of multi-purpose attachments to clear threats. These interchangeable attachments include flails and tillers and a remote-controlled robotic arm for IED and battle area clearance.
The company has now identified the need for equipment suited to security forces involved in maintaining stability, peace and security. Its bespoke solution is the Micro MineWolf (MW50), a remote-controlled multi-purpose platform best suited for multiple scenarios, especially where explosive devices are threatening the lives of human beings or where critical infrastructure is under attack.
Although it is the smallest Mine- Wolf platform, the MW50 offers various attachments, including the multi-use robotic arm able to carry a payload of several hundred kilograms. It therefore fills the gap between the larger manipulator vehicles and smaller, less robust EOD robots (ROVs).
The Micro MineWolf at IDEX is shown with the camera system and the robotic arm attachment with a selection of front-end tools, including a gripper, bucket, EOD Multi-tool and disruptor capability.