Controlling munitions clearance – 650 kms away


Video still of remote-controlled excavator, photo credit: Teknisk Ukeblad


As we reported in a recent post, we will be exhibiting at ONS 2010, one of the premier, global energy industry events. This year, from our stand  – B290/7 – we conduct a series of live demonstrations of Cavotec radio remote control equipment supporting munitions clearance 650 km away.

Cavotec’s radio remote controls are currently helping to clear a 165 square km combat training range in central Norway. The former testing range, used by NATO and the Norwegian army and air force, is to be cleared of all munitions and revegetated.

As reported by Norwegian national television, our radio remote control systems have been fitted to two dumper trucks, two excavators and one bulldozer that clear and transport unexploded ordnance from the range. Large TV monitors are used to monitor the machines. On each screen, images from up to eight colour cameras, mounted on the vehicles, stream imagery from the site in real-time. A converted shipping container acts as a control room, equipped with custom-made chairs fitted with joysticks and other control functions. The application also caught the attention of Norwegian engineering publication, Teknisk Ukeblad.

At the Hjerkinn site, our remote control units usually control clearance vehicles from distances of around 2 to 3 km. Everyday during ONS, from 10.00-10.30 and 13.30-14.00, we will operate the machines working at Hjerkinn from our stand – a distance of some 650 km.

For further details on the planned demonstrations and the application itself,
 contact the Cavotec Norway team by email:, or on + 47 32 27 43 00.