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ERW Clearance, Falklands, Malvinas, Fenix, Fenix-Insight, 2015
A series of three reports were published by the Demining Programme Office in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). This report explains that the need for exploitation was recognised early during the planning for mine clearance operations in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Little was known about the state of the mines some 30 years after the conflict, and it was considered important to understand the effects of ageing, along with the implications for issues such as appearance/recognition, functionality and detectability. Exploitation was previously carried out during clearance Phases 1 and 3.
This report outlines the work conducted during Phase 4a, where a total of 78 mines and fuses were examined or tested, with 38 mines being fully disassembled. The aim of this report is to outline the findings from the exploitation work, with particular emphasis on:
- The general condition of the mines
- Their ability to function, either as designed, or by other mechanisms
- Significant changes in their characteristics that might affect detectability or sensitivity.