Clearing Landmines- Dollars and sense




 
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September 29th, 2005  
bulldogg
 
 

Topic: Clearing Landmines- Dollars and sense


http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/jpt/demin...inefields.html

I have been looking around for awhile now on this subject and the above link was the best I could find that addressed the cost issues involved with clearing minefields. My big unanswered question is WHY it costs so much to remove the landmines. I understand the equipment is expensive but it is not a disposable item. Once you have the equipment it can be reused ad nauseum so why does it cost so much to clear a minefield? This source, along with others, claims it costs $1000 per land mine to clear a field. Can someone help me understand this?
September 29th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
I've heard anything from $200 to $1000 pr landmine.
But it's certainly expensive anyway.

The cost of the equipment/explosives is one thing, but 2-3 persons (or more) may handle each mine, and it can take several work hours to handle one single mine (find it, clear it, render it safe, transport it away and destroying it etc..), so you also have to add the salary for those persons as well.

So between $500 to $1000 pr mine can actually be true.
September 29th, 2005  
AlexKall
 
Yep its the personal danger involved that takes the price up high. Also those mineclearing machines arn't cheap.
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September 30th, 2005  
bulldogg
 
 
How does the personal danger make the price go up? Not to be vulgar but are they figuring in life insurance pay outs for "mistakes"?

I know the machines are expensive but once you have them they're reusable over and over right? I really wonder about the math on this one.

I know it takes a few guys, working slowly to make safe any live ordinance. Is the cost related to an hourly wage to those involved?

There isn't alot of transparency on this issue from what I have dug up. I have been unable to find a break down of the cost per land mine.
September 30th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bulldogg
How does the personal danger make the price go up? Not to be vulgar but are they figuring in life insurance pay outs for "mistakes"?
I think they're figuring no one's stupid enough to go into an F*ing MINEFIELD for 5.15 an hour.
September 30th, 2005  
AlexKall
 
"I know the machines are expensive but once you have them they're reusable over and over right? I really wonder about the math on this one. "

Till they are blown to pices
October 1st, 2005  
Craftsman
 
Quote:
How does the personal danger make the price go up? Not to be vulgar but are they figuring in life insurance pay outs for "mistakes"?
Most militaries have hazard pay for disposal of things such as UXOs.
October 20th, 2005  
sandy
 
You can operate this machine remotely.
It,s safely but those machine are expensive and land mines are too many to sweep.
Even this machine can sweep only anti personal land mines.
An anti personal land mine is very cheap 3$.

October 20th, 2005  
AlexKall
 
Or you could use this one: Which has been field tested in macedonia, balkan, USA and Sweden. Its safe for all known mines including anti-tank mines and the cabin is safe if one of those anti tank mines would detonate under the cabin (the Scajack will be destroyed but the cabin will be intact)



More images:

http://www.scanjack.com/

The scanjack in Croatia has demined (detonated, destroyed or removed) 1165 AP-mines, 2150 AT-mines and 1050 UXO’s.
October 20th, 2005  
sunb!
 
 
Based on the same system as above plus an M113 vehicle solution. Often used in the MNB(c) sectors in Kosovo.