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Flying high

Mine detection came to Kosovo last week, with the arrival of the 'mineseeker' airship. Fitted with state of the art ground probing radar and digital imaging developed by the Defence Research Establishment, the airship can detect mines from an altitude of 50m, covering an area of 100m 2per second - many thousands of times faster than a manual search. Sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, the airship was manufactured by Shropshire based Lightship Group. It arrived in Kosovo last week after a two week flight from the UK. It will be based at Podujevo near the Serbian border and will be used by the Royal Engineers as they attemp to make safe the remaining 25,000 landmines, and 19,000 unexploded 'bomblets' from NATO cluster bombs still scattered all over the countryside of Kosovo. So far these post war remains have caused 87 deaths and 315 injuries among the civilian population since June last year.

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