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Aardvark

Mine clearing vehicle

Aardvark

The Aardvark mine clearing vehicle has a semi-tracked configuration

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 1 + 1 / 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 15.3 t
Length 8.4 m
Width 3.56 m
Height 3.19 m
Performance
Clearing path width 3 m
Clearing speed up to 15 km/h
Mobility
Engine New Holland diesel
Engine power 160 hp
Maximum road speed 20 km/h
Range ?
Maneuverability
Gradient 33%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 0.5 m

 

   The Aardvark mine clearing vehicle was developed by Aardvark Clear Mine Ltd of United Kingdom. This company specializes in development of mine clearing equipment. The Aardvark is a dedicated vehicle, designed to clear anti-personnel and anti-tank mines with a maximum explosive weight of 10 kg during peacekeeping operations. The Aardvark is in service with 24 countries, including Canada, France, Italy, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, UK and USA. It is also used by United Nations. The Aardvark saw action in Europe, Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. It is claimed that in 15 years of use no operator of Aardvark equipment has been killed or injured. The Aardvark Mk.4 is the current production version.

   The Aardvark is fitted with a rotating flail and 72 chains with the hammers at the ends. Each chain can be fitted with different hammer to suit operation requirements. Disc, ball and T-head hammers are available. By rotating the chains dig into the ground. The landmines are either torn apart, or detonated. Damaged chains or hammers can be easily replaced. The flail rotates at approximately 300 rpm, and every piece of ground is being struck at least twice. The Aardvark is also fitted with a deflector shield of armored steel. It protects the vehicle against the pressure and mine fragments. Such design with rotating shaft was already used during the World War II. The Aardvark has a 3 m wide clearing path. Digging depth and terrain contouring is automatically controlled.

   Cab of the Aardvark accommodates operator and one additional crew member. The Mk.3 version provided seating for two additional crew members. The cab is fully armored and provides protection against small arms fire and mine fragment debris. Vehicle has a V-shaped double-skin hull to deflect blasts. Interior of the cab is lined with soundproof material. During mine clearing the Aardvark drives in the opposite direction to road travel with the cab to the rear.

   This mine clearing vehicle can be fitted with a roof-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun for self-defense.

   The Aardvark has a semi-tracked configuration and is capable of operating in the majority of terrain conditions. It can also clear mines on steep slopes. The latest Mk.4 version is powered by New Holland turbocharged diesel engine, developing 160 hp. The previous Mk.3 was fitted with less powerful unit, developing 120 hp. Engine is mounted on a strengthened chassis and is fitted with armored belly plate.

   A is a special version of the Aardvark intended for airfield or runway clearance. Its tracks are replaced with large solid wheels on each side. It also has some other modifications in order to clear mines without damaging the runway.

 

Video of the Aardvark mine clearing vehicle

 

 
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