C-IED Tools, Equipment and Homeland Protection

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HiSky is proud to be the agent and representative of a number of renowned international security and defence companies providing high-end services and products to support projects and partners’ activities in the areas of C-IED tools, equipment and homeland protection.

  • Counter IED products, systems and parameters protection;
  • Special-purpose products; and explosives detection systems;
  • Demining systems, and body armour;
  • Airfield lighting systems, EOD x-ray systems, optical and night vision systems;

  • Motion and acoustic sensors; and
  • Agency services and representation for security, demining and defence companies.

The following is an example of HiSky’s projects in this work stream:

Security and demining of the North-western Desert in Egypt

Project history

Egypt is contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), especially with unexploded ordnance (UXO) from World War II. The precise extent of contamination remains unknown. The joint Egypt/ the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project document of November 2006 referred, improbably, to 2,680 km2 of contamination, which is almost four times the total estimated area of contamination in Afghanistan. The total number of casualties is unidentified, although according to the "Landmine Monitor," landmines and UXOs have claimed 8,313 casualties (697 killed and 7,616 injured), of which 5,015 were civilians. These figures are believed to apply only to casualties occurring in the Western Desert since 1982. 

The scope and density of the landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem in Egypt has a serious impact on development, particularly as it expands to facilitate the large population growth forecast for the next 15 to 20 years. Economic and natural resources are tremendous in those contaminated areas. Government researchers estimate that approximately 3 million fedans of the north-western coast and inland desert area are suitable for cultivation and pastures. Groundwater reservoirs in the area amount to some 1 billion cubic meters. As for petroleum and mineral resources, roughly 4.8 million barrels of petroleum and 13.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are available in the region.

Not to mention, the land is also suitable for wildlife reserves, and offers a number of archaeological, environmental and astronomical activities suitable for tourism.

Towards the large-scale development of the region, the UNDP has supported the Egyptian Ministry of Planning in formulating a US$10 billion development programme.

Multiple development opportunities in that region could have a considerable impact not only on the North West Coast, but also on the national economy as a whole. About 400,000 jobs could be created, and about 1.5 million people should be able to move into the area by 2022. 

In recognition of the fact that demining is no longer merely a humanitarian issue but rather a major developmental concern, The Ministry of International Cooperation (MIC) and the UNDP have established the Executive Secretariat for Mine Clearance and the Development of the North West Coast. It is the main body responsible for coordinating and monitoring development plans for the region and related mine action activities.

Project intervention 

Within the overarching mine clearance arrangement set by MIC and UNDP, HiSky developed and managed a demining project in close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ministry of Interior (MOI) and MIC.

HiSky was successful in pulling together highly qualified technical team, mobilizing resources from international development agencies targeting development of the North Western Desert in Egypt. In this endeavour, HiSky partnered with relevant entities and companies for provision of necessary tools and machinery, as well as setting up operational processes and managing the project from inception till full implementation.

The project involved mines detection, clearance and assurance, as well as managing relevant ground operations and logistics. HiSky ensured that necessary machinery and technology were made available from the private sector through partnering with renowned companies working in this field, e.g. Armtrac Ltd.; providing products such as Armtrac demining A400.

 

Clients and partners

Ministry of Defence, Egypt

Ministry of International Cooperation, Egypt

Ministry of Interior, Egypt

The Airport Company, Egypt

Mines Action program, Egypt

Residential Compounds Security, Egypt

Scanna, UK

NP Aerospace, UK

Metalite Aviation Lighting, UK

Guartel Technologies Ltd., UK

Morgan Advanced Materials, UK

Armtrac Ltd., UK

Laser Detect, UK

abp: AB Precision (Poole) ltd, UK

DefenCell, UK

EOD UK, UK

Vallon GmbH, Germany

Force Ware GmbH, Germany

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