Drones in the Desert: Augmenting HMA and Socio-Economic Activities in Chad

John Fardoulis, Xavier Depreytere, Emmanuel Sauvage, Pierre Gallien

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On 24 January 2019, the authors created the first drone cartography
of a minefield near the village of Amoul, in the Faya-Largeau area of
northern Chad. The goal of this first mission was to validate how drones
can provide better situational awareness of suspected hazardous areas
(SHA), confirmed hazardous areas (CHA), and zones clear of contamination in desert conditions. This campaign was part of a broader trial to
determine how small drones can help to accelerate the land release process and gain operational efficiencies. The next stages include assessing the effectiveness of drone data to tighten the definition of SHA/CHA borders, indicate where land might be cancelled or reduced, and achieve more targeted technical survey. Other practical benefits will also be explored by combining drone and HMA expertise during embedded field trials.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 16
Pages (from-to)62-68
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Conventional Weapons Destruction
Volume Volume 23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019


  • Drone, UAV, UAS, SUAS, RPAS, Humanitarian, Mine Action, Landmine, UXO, ERW, Survey, Cartography, GIS, Remote Sensing

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