Research and Development Establishment (Engrs) [R&DE (E)], a premier system engineering laboratory under Armament and Combat Engineering (ACE) cluster of DRDO, has designed and developed Trawl System for cleaning the minefield area in the battle zone to meet the operational requirements of Indian Army. The indigenous System would be used for creating a vehicle safe lane for the advancing columns of mechanized forces in combat zone by breaching a variety of land mines including passive and active influence mines.
The equipment consists of a trawl roller, a track width mine plough and an electro-magnetic device (EMD). The system crossed a major milestone recently with the successful completion of blast trials in collaboration with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune. The trials demonstrated the survivability of the equipment when subjected to successive series of blast directly underneath it.
The field able prototype of the Trawl System is in final stage of realization and would be ready shortly for the user’s evaluation by the Army.