ISRAEL - Minefield Location Intelligence

Arno Froese

On August 25, two men were killed in southwest Bosnia while clearing minefields left from the war in the mid-1990s. That makes a total of 55 Bosnian deminers killed on the job since 1996, according to the Bosnian Mine Action Center.

Bosnia is one of 61 countries—one-third of the world—where 60 million people are at daily risk from landmines and other explosive remains of war (ERW) buried under fields and roads. Every hour, a landmine claims a new victim. Every year, between 15,000 and 20,000 people are injured, mostly civilians and often children.

Former officers of the elite Yahalom Unit of the IDF’s Combat Engineering Corps, Malka and cofounder Nir Cohen decided to apply technology to solve the problem.

They founded 4M Defense in 2015 to offer solutions for locating and dealing with explosive remnants of war (ERW) including landmines, cluster munitions and unexploded bombs in conflict-affected regions.

Three pilots conducted in Israel had 100% success in predicting where ERW would be found, says Malka. On the strength of that success, in early 2019 the founders started thinking internationally and established a sister company, 4M Analytics.

Working with governmental and United Nations agencies, 4M Analytics has arranged a pilot project in 18 suspected minefields in Cyprus and has laid the groundwork for projects in Ukraine and Nigeria. They’re hoping to help Colombia and Turkey as well.

“Our system utilizes unique tools to crosscheck, verify and rate the collected data layers to ensure their reliability, and then produces a smart map classifying the areas according to risks. During the execution stage, autonomous robots clear the mines in synchronization with the smart map,” [says Malka.]

[He] says 4M could bring down ERW clearing costs from the current $4-$8 per square meter to $1.76 per square meter. It could take just 10 years to clear landmines from affected countries at an estimated cost of $60 million.

4M envisions working with global corporate partners to bring the money saved by its system back to the people in affected countries through humanitarian projects such as school construction and job training.

-www.israel21c.org, 16 September 2019

Arno's commentary

Israel to the rescue. Minefield location intelligence is able to operate software-guided robots to disarm hidden landmines.

One country not mentioned is Vietnam. Google writes: “Overall, an estimated 800,000 tons of unexploded ordinances remain in Vietnam after the fighting stopped in 1975.”

We must keep in mind that Israel is a country involved in wars unceasingly since its establishment as a state in 1948. Experience is extremely important, and so is technological know-how. Thus we see, from Israel, the destruction of weapons has begun, which will climax at the return of Jesus Christ when He shall abolish all weapons: “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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