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ADP test site in Mozambique

Accelerated Demining Programme (ADP) Mozambique

Name: Accelerated Demining Programme (ADP) Mozambique
Short description: Outdoor test facility, including special areas for detector testing and dog licensing. The detector area includes 7 different soil types, categorised as neutral, medium and highly uncooperative. No test targets are inserted but targets are available and may be placed according to specified needs.



Mechanical Equipment

Detector / Sensor

Protection Equipment




Point of contact:

Name: Florenço Chongo
Function: Deputy Director Operations
Phone / Fax: +258 1 466012/4 / +258 1 466013

General information:

Indoor / outdoor: Outdoor
Test area (m2): Detector test area 2000 m2, Dog licensing area 5000 m2
Explosive allowed: Y (buried or laid on surface, but not detonated)

Y. Charges are to cover costs of electricity, requested local personnel , etc.

Working office:

Size (m2)

Heating / Cooling

Phone / Fax

Internet access

(for visiting users)





Particular constraints

Working hours: No limitations
Entrance requirements: No restrictions


Mechanical workshop:


ADP has a workshop for maintenance of cars, detectors, etc. (available on request). The workshop is situated in Maputo city, at approximately 80 km distance from the test facility
Explosive allowed:


Y Fragmentation: limited to locally used mines
Only in demolition range area
Services supplied:


Electricity Fuel Water Compressed air
220 V N Y N
No drinking water


Private business adjacent to ADP training and test facility
Distance (km):


Hotel (Maputo): 80 km

Railway station (Moamba, very limited service): 4 km

Airport (maputo International): 80 km


The test facility was constructed by the Accelerated Demining Programme in Mozambique in 2000, except for the seventh test lane which was added in 2005. It is located at the Moamba Camp (Lat: 25 degrees 33 minutes 44.40 seconds S, Long: 32 degrees 15' minutes 41.58 seconds E, UTM 36J 71-72-578 N, 4-25-820 E).

The facility was established and is mainly used for training of deminers and for lower level management courses in Mine Action. It can also be used for testing of all types of humanitarian demining equipment, but only for detector testing and dog licensing special areas have been prepared.
The detector test area

The facility consists of seven test lanes of 10 square meters each (l´ w´ d =10´ 1´ 0.5m).

Each test lane contains a different soil type, representative of the soils encountered in the southern three provinces of Mozambique. The soil types are categorized as neutral, medium and highly uncooperative. Each soil type has been electromagnetically characterised (Table 1). Full details on the soil physical, chemical and electromagnetic characteristics of the test lanes can be found in a specialised report to be found in the ITEP reports database.
A description of the visual aspect of the soil, together with an indication of the mineralogical composition is provided in Table 2.
No test targets are inserted but targets are available and may be placed according to specified needs. Table 3 gives an overview of the available targets, while Photo 3 shows a selected set of the targets that were used during the STEMD trials on the ADP test lanes .
Table 3: Available test targets
Photo 3: Selected set of test targets
A Schiebel metal detector is available for measuring the Ground Reference Height (GRH). No other supporting equipment is available.

Several equipment manufacturors, such as Minelab, Foerster, Guartel and Vallon have used the ADP test lanes in Mozambique for development testing.

The dog licensing area

The dog licensing area is established next to the detector test area. It is an irregular shaped area of approximately 5000 m2 and consists of 3 lanes with each 8 test boxes (dimensions: 10 m x 10 m). The distance between the lanes is 3 m and the distance between the boxes in the lanes is 2 m. Each test box, except for a number of empty test boxes, contains one target of approximately 50g of TNT burried at varying depths. The explosives have been in-soil since spring 2004.

The square boxes are numbered in rows and marked with wooden corner pegs and mine tape. A detailed plan of the dog licensing area layout and content is available for the user. The area is being kept in natural conditions (Photo 4).

The licensing facility can effectively test 4-5 MDD in one day, depending on climatic conditions.

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