Dual-function Robotic Systems Gain Credibility for Capabilities in Safely Detonating Landmines

Robotic innovations are anticipated to create incremental opportunities for companies in the mechanical mine clearance system market. For instance, in October 2019, Students at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Massachusetts, revealed that they are innovating in an autonomous rover and payload-deploying drone that is capable of searching and detonating landmines. Thus, companies in the mechanical mine clearance system market should collaborate with such innovators to capitalize on value-grab opportunities.

Novel robotic arms are being highly publicized as a safe and cost-effective way to detect deadly landmines in the humanitarian sector worldwide. According to UNICEF, each year, several thousands of people are killed or maimed by the landmines that were once planted during the historic wartime. Such alarming numbers are fueling the demand for advanced mechanical mine clearance systems. As such, companies in the market for mechanical mine clearance systems are increasing their R&D capabilities in dual-function robotic systems that are a cost-efficient way to safely detonate landmines.

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Technical Surveys Help Streamline and Monitor Progress in Demining Operations

Companies in the mechanical mine clearance system market are gaining efficacy in conducting technical surveys for examining fields that have potential risks of landmines. They should increase efforts to support humanitarian causes such as the Norwegian People’s Aid in order to boost their credibility in the mechanical mine clearance system market and acquire proficiency in initial testing and validation flights. Moreover, advanced imaging applications are being leveraged with machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to identify areas that are at a potential risk of landmines.

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The importance of technical surveys is growing, since these surveys provide key information on the selection of appropriate tools to conduct ground clearance activities. These innovative trends are catalyzing growth in the market for mechanical mine clearance systems. Technical surveys help to streamline demining operations and deliver insights on the progress and completion of the operations.

Companies Accelerate Innovations in UAVs for Adoption in Mine-infested Areas

Multi-faceted demining machines and remote-controlled or semi-autonomous mechanical mine clearance systems are paving the way for enhanced human mine clearance activities. Growing needs for vegetation clearance and obstruction removal are some of the key drivers that are bolstering growth for the mechanical mine clearance system market. Other applications such as explosive hazard detection and mine removal by excavation are generating revenue opportunities for innovators in the mechanical mine clearance system market.

All-purpose robotic systems are speeding up the demining processes in both humanitarian and military applications. However, these robotic technologies are still in their primitive stage and far from widescale adoption in mine-infested areas. As such, companies are increasing their research spending to innovate in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in order to accelerate innovations in mechanical mine clearance system technologies.

Enhanced Security in Defense Applications Fuels Demand for Demining Systems amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Analysts at the Transparency Market Research (TMR) opine that there is a significant drop in the number of deaths caused by landmines since most individuals are practicing self-isolation at their homes amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, the situation is not any different in military and defense areas, since several countries are reporting trespassers at national and state borders. Hence, companies in the mechanical mine clearance system market continue to pursue R&D activities to better the technology in detection equipment.

Since most individuals are practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, companies in the mechanical mine clearance system market are increasing efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their staff and employees. Tech companies have issued work-from-home mandates for certain percentage of staff, while others work as skeleton crew to organize business continuity plans.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

Tech companies maintain business continuity plans as defense wings of most countries gear up to strengthen security measures alongside territorial borders amidst the COVID-19 crisis. As such, mini-flails hold promising potentials in small-area demining applications.

AI and ML are emerging in the sphere of robotic innovations to accelerate the process of mine-clearance activities. However, high cost of robotic systems are restraining its wide scale adoption in humanitarian and defense environments. Hence, companies in the mechanical mine clearance system market should increase their efficacy in technical surveys and validation flights to determine the right tools for explosive hazard detection and mine removal by excavation.

Mechanical Mine Clearance System Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest research report on the global mechanical mine clearance system market for the historical period of 2018–2019 and the forecast period of 2020–2030, advancements in technology and rising investments in the military & defense sector to develop technologically advanced mechanical mine clearance equipment are expected to boost the global market during the forecast period
  • In terms of revenue, the global mechanical mine clearance system market is estimated to reach value of ~US$ 60 Mn by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of ~3% during the forecast period

Support by Governments and NGOs to Boost Humanitarian Demining: A Key Driver

  • Humanitarian demining differs from military demining. Military demining only clears mines that block strategic pathways of soldiers at war. On the other hand, in humanitarian demining, complete land is cleared so that civilians can return to their homes.
  • Over the last few years, the humanitarian mine clearance process has gained significant attention of governments and non-profit organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
  • Moreover, several NGOs and private companies have established a new help center known as ‘Mine Action.’ After signing the ‘Anti-personnel Mine Ban Treaty’ in 1997, administrations have spent a few billion dollars on mine action until 2019.
  • However, in January 2020, the U.S. Government announced rollback of restrictions imposed on landmine production and use. This new policy allows the U.S. to develop, produce, and use landmines.
  • Thus, continued interest of governments and non-profit organizations in the humanitarian demining process is projected to have a high positive impact on the global mechanical mine clearance system market during the forecast period

Growing Use of Robotic Arm Mine Clearance Machines: the Latest Market Trend

  • Demining robots play a vital role in safe clearing of lands from destructive devices. Using mine clearance machines without robotic arm involves a high risk of injuries and fatalities to operators.
  • According to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, new mines are being laid at 25 times higher pace than those that are being cleared currently. Hence, it is important to have a demining solution that works quickly and effectively. Use of demining robots is helpful in high-risk environments.
  • As a result of this factor, the demand for robotic arm mine clearance machines in the demining process is increasing across the globe, owing to quick and efficient operation-ability of these machines. Thus, rising demand for robotic arm mine clearance machines is expected to boost the global market during the forecast period.

High Initial Investments for Equipment Purchase: a Major Challenge for Global Market

  • Mechanical mine clearance systems are used in humanitarian as well as military demining activities. Mechanical mine clearance is a costly and labor-intensive method, which requires a significant amount of human efforts and specialized training.
  • Moreover, manufacturers of demining equipment are required to have necessary qualifications and certifications regarding products or services that they offer
  • Demining equipment incur high installation and maintenance costs. According to Defense Science & Technology Agency, Switzerland, the cost of clearing a mine area of one square kilometer is about US$ 1 Mn. Thus, manufacturers are continually trying to find a more effective solution for mine clearing.
  • Thus, high installation and maintenance costs are projected to have a moderately negative impact on the global mechanical mine clearance system market during the forecast period

Mechanical Mine Clearance System Market: Competition Landscape

  • Detailed profiles of providers of mechanical mine clearance system have been provided in the report to evaluate their financials, key product offerings, recent developments, and strategies
  • Key players operating in the global mechanical mine clearance system market are
    •  Armtrac Limited
    • Aardvark Clear Mine Ltd
    • CEFA SAS
    • Digger DTR
    • DOK-ING d.o.o.
    • FAE Group
    • Global Clearance Solutions,
    • Hydrema Holding ApS
    • PEARSON ENGINEERING LTD.
    • Rheinmetall AG
    • Scanjack AB, 
    • Way Industries, a.s.

Mechanical Mine Clearance System Market: Key Developments

  • Key providers of mechanical mine clearance system, such as Digger DTR and DOK-ING d.o.o., are focusing on the development of an innovative and reliable mechanical mine clearance system. Some other key developments in the global mechanical mine clearance system market are as follows:
    • In 2018, Digger DTR developed SCAPPER, a unique solution for long-distance control of construction machines via augmented reality (AR). The machine is used for civil engineering applications in hazardous environments.
    • In April 2018, DOK-ING d.o.o. showcased XLP - Tier 4, its most recent model of mining machine i.e. eXtra low-profile dozer, at the 22nd International Exhibition of Machines and Equipment for Mining and Processing organized in Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia.
  • In the report on the global mechanical mine clearance system market, we have discussed individual strategies, followed by company profiles of providers of mechanical mine clearance systems. The ‘Competition Landscape’ section has been included in the report to provide readers with a dashboard view and company market share analysis of key players operating in the global mechanical mine clearance system market.

Mechanical Mine Clearance System Market – Scope of the Report

A new study on the global mechanical mine clearance system market is published by Transparency Market Research (TMR). It presents detailed information on key market dynamics, including drivers, trends, and challenges for the global mechanical mine clearance system market as well as its structure. TMR’s study offers valuable information on the global mechanical mine clearance system market in order to illustrate how the market is expected to expand during the forecast period i.e. 2020–2030.

Key indicators of market growth, which include value chain analysis and compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), are elucidated in TMR’s study in a comprehensive manner. This data can help readers interpret the quantitative growth aspects of the global mechanical mine clearance system market.

An extensive analysis of business strategies adopted by leading market players is also featured in TMR’s study on the global mechanical mine clearance system market. This can help readers understand key factors responsible for growth of the global mechanical mine clearance system market. In this study, readers can also find specific data on avenues for qualitative and quantitative growth of the global mechanical mine clearance system market. This data would guide market players in making apt decisions in the near future.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Study of Mechanical Mine Clearance System Market

  • What would be the Y-o-Y growth trend of the global mechanical mine clearance system market between 2020 and 2030?
  • What is the influence of the changing trend in system types on the global mechanical mine clearance system market?
  • Would Europe continue to remain the most dominant regional market for providers of mechanical mine clearance systems in the next few years?
  • Which factors would hinder the global mechanical mine clearance system market during the forecast period?
  • Which are the leading companies operating in the global mechanical mine clearance system market?

Research Methodology

A unique research methodology is utilized by TMR to conduct comprehensive research on the global mechanical mine clearance system market and arrive at conclusions on future growth prospects for the market. This research methodology is a combination of primary and secondary research, which helps analysts warrant the accuracy and reliability of the conclusions drawn.

Secondary research sources referred to by analysts during production of the report on the global mechanical mine clearance system market include statistics from company annual reports, SEC filings, company websites, World Bank database, investor presentations, regulatory databases, government publications, and market white papers. Analysts have also interviewed senior managers, product portfolio managers, CEOs, VPs, and market intelligence managers, who have contributed to production of TMR’s study on the global mechanical mine clearance system market as a primary research source.

These primary and secondary sources provided exclusive information during interviews, which served as a validation from leading players operating in the global mechanical mine clearance system market. Access to an extensive internal repository as well as external proprietary databases allowed this report to address specific details and questions about the global mechanical mine clearance system market with accuracy. The study also uses a top-down approach to assess the numbers for each segment and a bottom-up approach to counter-validate them. This has helped in making TMR’s estimates on future prospects for the global mechanical mine clearance system market more reliable and accurate.

Mechanical Mine Clearance System Market – Segmentation

TMR’s study of the global mechanical mine clearance system market segments the market based on system type, weight, application, and region. Changing market trends and other crucial market dynamics associated with segments of the global mechanical mine clearance system market have been discussed in detail in TMR’s study.

System Type

Tiller

Flail

Robotic Arm

Lifter

Others

Weight

Light (Up to 5 Tons)

Medium (5 – 20 Tons)

Heavy (More than 20 Tons)

Application

Military & Defense

Humanitarian

Region

North America

Europe

Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

South America

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