In The Journal of Mine Action 3.2, we spotlighted the Compact 230-Minecat, a multi-role platform suitable for both military and humanitarian applications whose primary role is to be a mine-clearance vehicle. Since that article in the summer of 1999, the Minecat has had a proper education, going through a series of tests in various landscapes and in front of rough judges. Landmine clearing is serious business and before a new piece of equipment can be put on the world market, it has to prove itself in rigorous settings. After all, the real customers in the demining marker are those people whose lives and livelihoods depend upon the clearing of their land. J. Barry Middlemass, owner of the Lockwood Beck consulting company, brings us through a series of Minecat testing trips on this road trip from Norway to Kosovo.



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