Aardvark Group

Aardvark Group

1982
January 1

1982

Aardvark Clear Mine Limited Established in Aberdeenshire, Scotland to develop a machine to clear mine fields.

The Aardvark JSFU (Joint Services Flail Unit) design commenced

1983
January 1

1983-1985

1983-1985

Development, Build & Testing – The machine clears land mines by striking the ground with 72 spinning metal chains whilst slowly moving forwards. The impact of the chains destroys the mine. The machine is fully armoured and designed to withstand the impact of anti-tank mines.

1986
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1986

1986

First major sale of Aardvark JSFUs to  United States Air Force.

1987
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1987

D7 Dozer Flail

The D7 Dozer Flail developed –  first D7 sales to the US Marines.

1988
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1988

1988

The Aardvark JSFU MK3 produced with upgraded engine power, track system, seating, braking & control systems

1990
January 1

1990

The United Nations purchases JSFU MK3’s for mine clearance in Afghanistan.

January 1

1990

1990

The United Nations and NGO Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) establish a mine clearance unit for Afghanistan with machines and training provided by Aardvark.

1991
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1991

1991

The Aardvark Sifter developed to collect mine fragments with the first machines delivered to Kuwait.

January 1

1991

1991

UK MoD purchases 11 Aardvark JSFU’s for mine clearance in Kuwait.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia purchases 24 Aardvark JSFU’s.

1992
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1992

1992

Aardvark RACE A and RACE C produced.
RACE A: An armoured Volvo loader with fixed hydraulic rotator flail.
RACE C: An advanced self-contained hydraulic folding flail unit for APC’s

1994
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1994

1994

Leopard Tank Flail unit developed for the British Army.

January 1

1994

1994

JSFU’s supplied to the Kingdom of Jordan for mine clearance of the Jordan Valley.

January 1

1994

Aardvark JSFU’s supplied to the French Military.

1997
January 1

1997

Aardvark JSFU’s purchased by Dutch Army.

Mine Ban Treaty (Ottawa Convention) opened for signature. Treaty provides for a 10-year deadline for the clearance and destruction of all buried landmines. Not all nations sign, and many seek an extension.

1998
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1998

1998

Aardvark design and produce the “Hägglunds Flail” for the Swedish Army.

1999
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1999

1999

The Aardvark JSFU MK4 enters service with an upgraded engine, dual steering system and operator-friendly cab.

Aardvark JSFU Purchase by Cidev (French NGO) for mine clearance in Mozambique.

Aardvark US subsidiary established in Washington.

2000
January 1

2000

South Korea purchases Aardvark JSFU’s for clearance of the DMZ.

The Aardvark JSFU MK4 evaluated by The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).

Aardvark JSFU’s purchased by the Canadian Armed Forces.

2001
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2001

Aardvark JSFU MK4 purchased by US Army for evaluation. More units purchased for use 2003, 2004.

2002
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2002

Aardvark JSFU MK4’s purchased by the Irish Defence Force.

2004
January 1

2004

Aaradvark AMCS

Aardvark JSFU MK4 purchased by the Libyan Army.

Aardvark JSFU MK4 purchased by the US Army for use in Afghanistan.

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