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Practical notes on the application of thermite systems in mine action


SUMMARY: There are numerous documents available online relating to the use of thermite systems for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). However, most of the documents are either scientifically focused or address specific technical questions. This article provides broader practical information for mine action operators at the field and program levels. Although previously employed on a relatively small scale over the last five years, use of thermite as opposed to explosives for the destruction of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) has increased. This has been driven by greater engagement across the sector in countries with unstable security situations, and places with more restrictive legislation on the holding and use of explosives by mine action operators. In the past decade, The HALO Trust (HALO) has used thermite throughout the world, from Colombia to the Middle East, learning numerous lessons and best practices. The use of thermite will continue to expand across the sector, bringing cost-effective clearance options for EOD operators and increasing the operators’ knowledge of how best to employ the technology.

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Published: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2019

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