Based on the very successful experience with MgM Rotar MK I, a further
version was developed and named MK2. It is based on a lighter carrier
vehicle and including additional demining tools. Rotar MK-I was
built on a fully armoured Caterpillar 916 front-end loader specifically
designed for maximum threat scenarios including anti-tank mine blasts.
For scenarios with a minor threat level such as are frequently found
in Mozambique, Laos, Cambodia etc a lighter version would be desirable
because of better maintenance/running costs.
The carrier is an armoured Caterpillar 428c back-hoe tractor.
In the front, it has either its normal bucket or an MgM type Rotar
bucket to sift mines. The operation mode involves taking mine infested
soil into the bucket, driving it to a designated area, tumbling
the content to sift out all objects smaller than the given gridsize,
then moving to another designated area and opening the bucket in
a movement that lays the content larger than the screen size in
a thin layer to enable easy visual inspection. To the back actor,
a mulching device can be attached in order to cut vegetation for
manual demining, dog mine sniffing or Rotar operation.
Other possible attachments are the standard excavation bucket,
a CEG AirSpadeÆ or mine detection sensors. The mine-protected
cab includes a video control system to enable monitoring of the
rotar bucket's content. Without the operator leaving the cabin,
the system allows stand-alone operation - apart from safety/medical
backup. A VHF radio, manuals and a spare parts package is included
as a matter of course.
MK2 picture gallery
Rotar siffting suspect soil