Press Releases 2010
"Minewolf" Remote Demining Vehicle Enters Service
April 29, 2010
Sredny Pyanj, Tajikistan: Ambassador Ken Gross, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, First Deputy Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Rahmil Nadyrov and the Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, Ivar Vikki participated in a demonstration of the Minewolf remote demining vehicle.
The U.S. Embassy partially funded the training program, manuals, facilities and demining equipment. The ceremony marked the end of the demining training that prepared five Tajik demining experts for four weeks. To date, the U.S. Department of Defense has provided more than $1,700,000 in aid to Tajikistan's demining efforts.
The program was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Defense, carried out by the Office of Defense Cooperation, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Tajik Ministry of Defense and the Mine Action Centre.
The Ministry of Defense will use the Minewolf to demine regions of Tajikistan still dealing with the consequences of land mines. This demining program will also help Tajikistan meet its obligations under the Ottawa Treaty, an international agreement requiring Tajikistan to clear its territory of landmines.
The remotely operated Minewolf can destroy mines to a depth of 25 cm, with no risk to the operators.
In 2009 the U.S. spent $15.25 million on Peace and Security in Tajikistan. The United States Embassy will continue to provide security assistance to the Tajik government as part of Tajikistan’s continued strengthening of its borders, development of its territory and modernization of its military forces and equipment.
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