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Exploring Mobile and Transportable Demil Systems for Small Arms Ammunition

Updated: Feb 16

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

Advantages                                              

Disadvantages                                            

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

 

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Atul Chaurasia
Atul Chaurasia
13 de fev.

The article provided valuable insights.

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