CBRNE & EOD Defence

India’s DRDO successfully tests ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system

18 September 2017

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently conducted trials of the ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system being developed for the Indian Army (IA), according to a 15 September statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).

The locally developed system, which is capable of breaching minefields featuring a variety of mine types, successfully carried out tests that demonstrated the survivability of the equipment when subjected to a series of successive blasts directly underneath it, stated the PIB.

A fieldable prototype of the system, which consists of a roller, a track width mine plough and an electro-magnetic device, is “in the final stage of realisation”, and will shortly be ready for user evaluation trails with the IA, stated the PIB, adding that this development represents “an important step towards achieving self-reliance” under the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

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