Although demining machines have been in existence since 1942, they were not used in the field of mine action until about the early 1990s. Demining machines were initially only used by the military. With the growing number of casualties stemming from landmines, especially among civilians, it became necessary to employ machines for humanitarian purposes. From the first demining machine constructed in early 1942 to the present, tremendous improvements have been made.
"Mechanical Demining: From 1942 to the Present,"
The Journal of ERW and Mine Action
: Vol. 12
, Article 24.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol12/iss2/24