The Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 4 February that the first batch of Mechanical Mine Clearing Equipment (MEMATT) vehicle produced for Azerbaijan, under the leadership of ASFAT (Military Factory and Shipyard Management) Inc., had been delivered. The vehicles passed tests carried out in Azerbaijan on 10 February with great success. The deliveries in question were made under the 20-vehicle contract signed between AFSAT and Azerbaijan on 9 December, 2020.
During the tests, conducted in a testing field near Baku, MEMATT succeeded in destroying all the mines laid in the field. After the tests, the personnel who are to operate the vehicles received their certificates.
Brigadier General Anar Kerimov, Commander of Azerbaijani Engineering Forces, observing the tests on site, stated that the MEMATTs will be engaged in mine clearing missions in the areas liberated from the Armenian occupation, adding: “This equipment will not only shorten time spent on mine clearing operations, but also ensure the safety of the work. MEMATT’s technical features are superior to its counterparts in the world.”
The remote-controlled vehicle can clear mines to widths of 1.7 m and to a depth of 25 cm, and can be operated remotely from a distance of 500 m. The vehicle runs on steel caterpillar tracks, weighs 12,560 kg and is produced from Armoks 500T armour steel.