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14 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: New Solutions for the Clearance of Remnants of War

Global Clearance Solutions (GCS) is a new company, that is built up around a team, that was formally known as Minewolf System. The brand was sold, but the team and its product range of Counter-IED, Mine- Clearance and Runway Clearance sticked together to rise up a new company – GCS. They are currently developing three new platforms, GCS-100, GCS-200 und GCS-300, to better reply to the threat posed from unexploded ordnance. Details of the new products will soon be presented at Eurosatory 2016. The first machine, the GCS-200, will be presented to the market in August with the other two following later. These products will have the same goal than the well-known Minewolf systems (e.g. Mini-Minewolf), but will also offer technology innovations and upgrades.


The hazards faced by local populations have changed significantly due to rapid developments in the geopolitical situation and on-going regional conflicts (e.g. in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Libya). Whereas several years ago the focus was on removing mines buried in the ground, today the challenges are much more complex. In current conflicts, IEDs and landmines are laid systematically to make houses, villages, towns and entire regions uninhabitable. Added to this is the increasing threat to the civilian population from unexploded remnants of war, which will need to be cleared once the conflicts are over. GCS offers a broad range of innovative solutions for eliminating these threats.
GCS’s products are comprised of two components: a platform, and a tool that can be changed quickly depending on the use. These tools range from a robotic arm for IED clearance to a sweeping brush for removing remnants of war. The current platforms are more compact than comparable models, and hence easier to use and transport. With its new product range, GCS employs state-of-the-art technologies, while at the same time relying on tried-and-tested components.

GCS’s product portfolio includes comprehensive client advisory services on the use of a wide range of technologies and different technical areas of application, as well as service, maintenance, logistics and management.

So even if the brand of the company GCS is new, Global Clearance Solutions is a leading company in the security industry and a provider of safe, reliable and cost-efficient mechanical solutions for the disposal of landmines, IEDs and other remnants of war. Based in Switzerland with a state of the art manufacturing plant in Germany, GCS’s products are high quality, purpose built mechanical solutions to address a wide range of operational requirements.

The multinational team at GCS has over 10 years of experience in more than 40 countries, having worked together with the United Nations, international NGOs and governments.

GCS’s products are comprised of two components: a platform, and a tool that can be changed quickly depending on the use. These tools range from a robotic arm for IED clearance to a sweeping brush for removing remnants of war. The current platforms are more compact than comparable models, and hence easier to use and transport. With its new product range, GCS employs state-of-the-art technologies, while at the same time relying on tried-and-tested components.

The core GCS products include:
·         The GCS-300 – an operator or remote-controlled platform used for mine clearance, route clearance and counter-IED
·         The GCS-200 – a smaller, remote controlled platform used for the clearance of various explosive devices
·         The GCS-100 - the smallest remote controlled platform suited for mine and IED clearance in ultra-rugged, hard to access and urban environments