Location: Freienbach, Switzerland
MineWolf is the “leading provider of technology and services for the safe, reliable, innovative and cost-efficient clearance of landmines and other explosive devices.” The company, based in Switzerland, provides “effective and robust” solutions for C-IED and landmine clearance for military, humanitarian and commercial customers.
It has a long history of providing C-IED technology, with the first design steps for the MineWolf clearance machine being developed in 1998. In 2004, the first platform developed by MineWolf was built and accredited by the German Army, and since then the company has gone from strength to strength. Various platforms have been developed, from the Mini MineWolf (MW240), a remote-controlled platform, in 2007, to the Micro MineWolf (MW50) in 2013. The platforms are used by militaries, humanitarian agencies and commercial mine clearance agencies in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The British Army and German Bundewehr use them for route clearance in Afghanistan, and UNMAS workers and MINUSMA peacekeepers use them to clear IEDs in Mali.
The MineWolf platforms can all be adapted and fitted with interchangeable attachments in order to clear a range of explosive devices. They can be used for mine clearance, C-IED, and runway clearance by using the appropriate attachment. As well as core products, MineWolf also provides training, technical and operational support, maintenance, regional support, project management, and logistics support. Those who will be using the MineWolf can be trained and put through hazard awareness courses, and have access to a technical helpline and spare parts monitoring.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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