The Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative, a program launched earlier in the year, has responded to an urgent request from the United Nations to provide five magnetic locators for removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Tajikistan.
The tools will be used to detect live but unexploded submunitions (cluster bombs) on mountainsides. Due to the spring snowmelt, the bomblets are rolling down the mountains and into the town below. The Chief Technical Advisor on-site will launch an effort to locate the remaining munitions before they, too, dislodge.
Schonstedt donated the units as part of its teaming effort with the United Nations to make demining tools available to underserved populations, for which UXO clearance would not otherwise be possible.