Two leading route-clearance companies from the USA have won an order to provide the Afghan National Army with mine clearance and counter-IED capabilities.
Critical Solutions International (CSI) (Hall 5, Stand E607), in partnership with Humanistic Robotics Inc (HRI), will supply 464 mine rollers, along with training in operation and maintenance. According to CSI, the contract will be managed through the US Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) Non-Standard Equipment Office.
“The HRI roller has been proven in the field for commercial and peacekeeping missions in Africa and the Middle East, and is the most user-friendly and sustainable system on the market,” said CSI chief executive Patrick Callahan.
The partnership between CSI and HRI aims to offer US and international customers a total route-clearance package. Besides the HRI roller, CSI’s counter-IED and mine-clearance technologies include the South African-designed, purpose-built Husky, considered the world’s foremost route-clearance vehicle. It is fielded by militaries that include Australia, Canada, Kenya, Iraq, Spain, South Africa and Turkey.
According to Samuel Reeves, co-founder and CEO of HRI, the partnership reflects the need for a multifaceted, multi-technology approach for defeating landmines and IEDs. “It allows us to combine our individual company capabilities to increase survivability and save lives.”