International Mine Action Centre squad completes humanitarian demining of Laos
Russian servicemen from the International Mine Action Centre of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have completed joint tasks with members of the U-58 mine clearance team of the Laos People’s Army to search for and dispose of explosive ordnance near the Thongkhaihin airfield (Sienghuang province).
In the course of work from December 2020 to March 2021, Russian experts in the Lao territory of more than 3 hectares discovered and disposed of more than 1000 explosive objects.
Most of the ammunition belongs to BLU-26, BLU-63, BLU-3/B cluster bombs, anti-personnel mines, and artillery shells.
The cleared territory was handed over to the representatives of the National Committee for the Control of UXO in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
A branch of the International Mine Action Centre of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was deployed at the deployment site of Russian sappers on the territory of Laos, on the basis of which Lao military personnel underwent theoretical training on Russian means of search and protection for the sapper, and also mastered their practical application on the ground together with Russian colleagues.
In addition, the transfer of the latest Russian means of searching for explosive objects and protecting a sapper (a portable induction mine detector, a deep metal detector, etc.) took place to specialists of the engineering troops of the Lao People's Army.
This is the third mission of the Russian military personnel of the mine centre to the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
The 32-strong detachment of the International Mine Action of the Russian Armed Force was despatched to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in order to assist in demining the territory by the decision of the President of the Russian Federation - the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.