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Benkovac Test Facility

Name: Benkovac
Short description:
  • Outdoor test facility intended for test and evaluation of hand-held and vehicle-mounted mine detection systems,
  • 1000 mine targets buried since 2000,
  • Three different soil types
Website Benkovac



Mechanical Equipment

Detector / Sensor

Protection Equipment




Point of contact:

Name: Nikola Pavkovic
Function: Director of Centre for testing, development and training (CROMAC-CTDT/CTRO)
Phone / Fax: +385 (0)44 554 109 / +385 (0)44 554 132

General information:

Indoor / outdoor: Outdoor
Test area (m2): 10000 m2
Explosive allowed: YES. Activities using explosives are allowed, but activation, and the use of ignition devices and live mine fuses are prohibited.

Working office:

Size (m2)

Heating / Cooling

Phone / Fax

Internet access

(for visiting users)


May be provided

+385 (0) 23 682 172


Particular constraints:

Working hours: Without restriction
Remarks: Advance scheduling desirable, at least 30 days in advance
Entrance requirements: Entrance allowed, only when accompanied by CTDT/CTRO personnel
Remarks: Registring is required prior to entering the test site.


Mechanical workshop:


This service may be provided on user's request.
Services supplied:

Electricity Fuel Water Compressed air
220 V NO NO NO


Distance (km):


Hotel: 30 km (Zadar)

Railway station: 3 km (Benkovac)

Airport: 25 km (Zadar), 110 km (Split)

Sea port - 30 km



The test site and equipment are the property of HCR-CTRO d.o.o. The site was established in 2000 for the purpose of testing hand-held and vehicle-mounted mine detection systems.

Test lanes/areas

The test site (photos) is divided into 47 test lanes.
  • "Blind test" lanes (39): 47 m long, 1 m wide. The mine targets are buried at 5 - 27 cm deep. The distance between the lanes is 3 m, which is sufficient to prevent interference from objects in neighbouring lanes and to enable passage of a vehicle. The lanes are divided into 1 x 1 m squares with their furthermost point marked. There is a 3m wide area along the fence, and a 8 m wide area at the entrance where the office facility is located together with the preparation and training area.
  • Training and testing lanes (8): location of mines is publicly known. Three types of soil:
    • 2 lanes: neighbouring area soil - uncooperative soil
    • 2 lanes: soil from the continental part of Croatia - cooperative/neutral soil
    • 4 lanes: local soil from the test site - uncooperative and heterogeneous
  • Details on the soil characteristics of the training/testing lanes have been extracted from the soils database.

The weather conditions allow for the use of the test site all year round. There is almost no snow nor frost, and rain is rare.


In the area intended for blind tests there are 810 mines, 449 false alarm objects and 457 empty spaces.
The following types of live mines (deactivated fuses) are buried:

  • Anti-tank mines: TMM-1, TMA-1A, TMA-2A, TMA-3, TMA 4, TMA 5, TMRP-6
  • Anti-personnel: PMA-1A, PMA-2, PMA-3, PMR-2AS, PMR-3, PROM-1

The following types of mines are provided for training and testing:

  • Anti-tank mines: TMM-1, TMA-3, TMA-4, TMRP-6
  • Anti-personnel: PMA-1A, PMA-2, PMA-3, PROM-1
  • Other types of mines may be provided on request.

Supporting equipment

There is a weather station at the test site.


The test site is protected with a fence and there is a 24 hours/day alarm system.

Past trials

  • Reliability tests of metal detectors, carried out by BAM (Federal Institute for Materials research and Testing - Germany) in 2003 and 2005 (ITEP Project
  • Demonstration of the work of CEIA metal detectors, carried out upon request of AKD Mungos company
  • 2004 and 2005 control of technical performance of metal detectors used by CROMAC.
  • Systematic Test and Evaluation of Metal Detectors (STEMD, ITEP Project ) field trial for Europe.
  • Testing of Japanese dual-sensor detectors

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