In the domain of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) disposal, mobile and transportable demil systems offer a blend of adaptability and efficiency. Integrated into standardized maritime containers, these systems boast minimal infrastructure requirements, making them highly versatile for various deployment scenarios.
These 40-foot ISO containers, house crucial components such as generators, compressors, filtration units, and lifting mechanisms. Some systems even opt for the more compact 20-foot ISO container format to enhance transportation flexibility.
For instance, the DML-400 by KA Safe Engineering of Spain exemplifies this adaptability, fitting snugly within two twenty-foot ISO Containers. The equipment deployed globally is planned to be Made in India by Lodestar Strategic Pvt Ltd, the defence subsidiary of BEKEM Infra Projects; at their facility in Hyderabad.
In contrast, transportable equipment comprises multi-containerized systems, often necessitating additional setup components like cranes. These systems typically occupy more space and encompass various specialized areas, including storage, dismantling, thermal incineration, and management zones. Prototype systems like the deployable camp for ammunition demilitarization in Germany exemplify the multifaceted functionalities and setup configurations of such transportable demilitarization systems.
Pros and Cons of Mobile and Transportable Industrial Ammunition Demil Equipment
Sidesteps heavy investments in new infrastructure
Site limitations and production rates
Reduces costs associated with off-depot transportation of ammunition
Limited throughput and effectiveness of technical processes
Minimizes environmental impact of transportation
Wear and tear on equipment and components
Eases cross-border logistics challenges
Loss of demilitarization time during relocation
Mitigates risks linked to ammunition transportation
Increased cost per item if amortized over a small number
Facilitates in-campus or proximity to depots for demilitarization
High pollution levels may require expensive pollution control systems
Accesses remote storage sites with no permanent installations
Complex pollution control systems add to the purchase cost
Enables uniform demilitarization across multiple sites
Some degree of permitting may still be required
Features simpler design and smaller footprint
Requires fewer installation prerequisites
Shortens start-up time for operations
Fosters competition and efficiency through public-private partnerships
Encounters fewer regulatory hurdles for approval
Suitable for deployment in overseas military operations