The HALO Trust has extensive experience of demining with mechanical assets including armoured excavators, bulldozers, loaders, tractors and backhoes, and in Angola, HALO has a proven history of using machines for mine clearance and of conducting research and development of machines. In 2015 HALO embarked upon a project to bring about a ‘Mine Impact Free Huambo province’, which will be a first for Angola. To achieve this by 2018 it was assessed that mechanical intervention was needed to support manual demining. Thus HALO approached the DIGGER Foundation, believing the D-250 machine, with its tilling action, had the potential to increase the speed at which minefields could be cleared. After detailed discussions a D-250 machine was sent to Angola, arriving in October 2016. In 2017 the DIGGER tilling machine is proving its worth, performing rapid ground preparation ahead of manual clearance leading to efficiencies.
Last week [using the DIGGER D3] we have done [the same amount of work] the same work that during the last six months [without the machine].
The integration of the mechanical component [DIGGER DTR] has contributed significantly to reduce drastically the cost per square meter cleared, and this ten times lower !
With all of the MECHEM type of ground preparation machines I have worked with in Sudan, Afghanistan and Angola the DIGGER-D3 is by far the best and more suitable for follow up by MDD and Manual Teams.
When we had an emergency the spares were on site from Switzerland to Ziguinchor in 4 days. According to me this is a very big advantage and I must compliment Digger on this response and support to cut down time and to maintain production.
The Digger foundation was extremely professional in all logistical administration and all personal we communicated were more than helpful.
The Digger was put in competition against a X – other machine – on the same field for ground preparation, and there is no contest that Digger achieved better results. In addition, in terms of maintenance, your machine seems to be much more adapted to local staff than X and others.
We are producing a report for yourself and our customer as they are very interested in our success or other with the Digger machine. We are very pleased with its performance.
I’m highly satisfied with the work made by Digger DTR. I thank you for the map of the processed areas, which is impressive. Congratulations to the whole team!