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Mineseeker Strengthens ItsTeam

March 13, 2012

Mineseeker Operations Overseas Ltd, the holding company for the Mineseeker business, based in the British Virgin Islands, has appointed David M. Tait OBE as a Non Executive Director.

David helped write the business plan with Richard Branson for what became Virgin Atlantic Airways and in 1984 he became the fledgling airline’s very first employee. As an executive director and Executive Vice President (based in New York City) David created, grew and led the airline’s US business until 2002. David is credited as being one of the key figures in driving the innovative services and smart edgy marketing which would become the signature of the Virgin brand worldwide.

In 2001 David was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, ”in recognition of his services to British aviation in North America”.

Since leaving Virgin Atlantic David has served as CEO of Avocet Aircraft and Spitfire Aviation as well as running CONSULTAIT, his own consulting firm advising aviation and aerospace clients. He is a published writer and columnist on related subjects, and still works closely with the Virgin Group on a variety of fronts. David is also on the Board of Advisors of Morgan Aircraft, who he introduced to Mineseeker last year, and serves as Chairman of The New Earth Institute, a Vancouver-based non-profit educational company.

Mike Kendrick, Mineseeker CEO stated, “David and I go back a long way and we are delighted that he has agreed to serve on the board.  A highly-regarded executive and entrepreneur, David brings to Mineseeker a deep understanding of international aviation, joint venture companies and senior level negotiations with multinational business.

” Mike and I have worked together on numerous innovative projects at Virgin, but none as exciting or meaningful as his present endeavour with Mineseeker.  I closely followed the conception and launch of the Mineseeker Foundation and the recent launch of the ‘for profit’ Mineseeker Operations. I totally endorse the doctrine of ‘compassionate capitalism’ that is at its core and am hugely excited and honoured to have been invited to join the fray,” commented Tait.

A native of Glasgow Scotland, who has resided in Canada and the USA for the last 35 years, David has triple citizenship – UK, Canadian and US – and lives with his wife (and three of his five children) just outside New York in Connecticut.

Mineseeker Operations Overseas Ltd utilizes a unique multi-spectral imaging radar system in order to provide a highly cost effective and safe solution to mapping minefields, thus saving lives and limbs and allowing the rapid economic restoration of valuable land for farming, infrastructure, and commercial development.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or performance. These statements reflect the company’s current expectations and are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The company does not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in this or other company statements will not be realized. Furthermore, readers are cautioned that these statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, the acceptance of our products, lack of revenue growth, failure to realize profitability, inability to raise capital and market conditions that negatively affect the market price of our common stock. The Company disclaims any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.

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Mineseeker Flight Operations Update – 5 March 2012

Mineseeker’s Operations Director, Richard Trueman, has successfully completed the helicopter training that he began in February.  Richard renewed the Eurocopter Ec135 type rating and then went on to pass the Single-Pilot Multi-Engine instrument rating also on the Ec135; both qualifications are now reflected on his Airline Transport Pilots License for helicopters. Richard said, “with my license now revalidated and ready for use, I am now fully qualified to undertake VFR and IFR operations in both open and controlled airspace and comply with  the European air laws on flight crew licensing coming in to force in April this year”

“My next project will be to undertake unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operations to get some real hands on experience of flying unmanned platforms with sensor mounted equipment including high definition and infra-red cameras”, he added.

Richard Trueman in an Ec135

Richard has already been trained in the use of UAV ground control stations and this is the next step in being able to operate UAVs for aerial survey and mapping operations.  This experience will underpin Mineseeker’s ability to deploy UAVs for minefield mapping and assist with technical input in relation to the Morgan Aircraft development announced in January this year.

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Mineseeker Presents Solution to Unexploded Ordnance in South Africa

February 29, 2012

Mineseeker Operations, through its joint venture company, Mineseeker Operations Southern Africa has held important meetings regarding opportunities to deploy its landmine survey systems in Southern Africa.

The Mineseeker team presented the technology to Major General Matlakeng, Chief Director in the South African National Defence Force, together with Brigadier General Pule and Brigadier General Modise who were the first people, outside the company, to be shown sample results of the industry demonstration that Mineseeker conducted in Croatia.

‘The Generals could clearly see suspect sub-surface targets and quickly realised how the system could be used to rapidly identify landmines and unexploded ordnance such as that found on military ranges in South Africa’ commented Mineseeker CEO, Mike Kendrick.

Mineseeker Southern Africa director Tabane Ramokolo added, ‘Clearing up areas affected by unexploded ordnance is an important step in returning land to the people of South Africa. The Generals were clearly impressed by the advances in the technology and immediately saw the potential for several other African countries such as Angola and Mozambique with whom they have close ties’.

Some of the countries within the Southern African Development Community are amongst the worst affected countries in the world, in Angola alone there are 50 thousand amputees and huge areas of land that cannot be used for housing, agriculture or the mining of the valuable minerals found there. It is having a devastating effect on the economy and communities across the whole region.

Eric Du Plessis, a South African citizen said, ‘This meeting represents a game changing opportunity for Mineseeker and for the people of Southern Africa. The need, particularly in Angola, is now and we must respond to the Generals’ advice. With their support, Mineseeker is poised to enter into further discussions to deploy the technology and develop the Aid Free Zone programs in order to create sustainable growth and local wealth to the area, which is an integral part of the Mineseeker ethos. It is hugely exciting to play our part in helping these countries to resettle their land that has been unusable and for which there are established government funding programs available’.

Left to right, Brig. General Pule, Major General Matlakeng, Mike Kendrick, Brig. General Modise at their headquarters in Pretoria, RSA.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or performance. These statements reflect the company’s current expectations and are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The company does not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in this or other company statements will not be realized. Furthermore, readers are cautioned that these statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, the acceptance of our products, lack of revenue growth, failure to realize profitability, inability to raise capital and market conditions that negatively affect the market price of our common stock. The Company disclaims any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.

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Mineseeker in negotiations in Southern Africa

February 27, 2012

Mineseeker Operations management team flew to Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday for a series of important meetings concerning the Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this month.

Mineseeker has already formed a joint venture company (Mineseeker Southern Africa Ltd) and will be opening negotiations for aerial survey contracts aimed at liberating large sections of land affected by unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Mineseeker CEO, Mike Kendrick and Commercial Director Mark Dorey are visiting the area for four days of meetings, scheduled with governments and stakeholders representing the contaminated areas, with a view to formalizing and scoping the projects, and establishing the commercial structure and pricing of the potential contracts.

Mineseeker will also be meeting representatives of several other Southern African countries to discuss the way in which the company’s unique multi-spectral imaging radar system could bring benefit in helping to combat the problems they face with landmines and unexploded remnants of war.

In keeping with the company’s aims of not just releasing the land affected by mines, but also establishing sustainable futures for the local populations, under its strategy of compassionate capitalism, a meeting has been scheduled with one of South Africa’s largest retail chains to discuss the Aid Free Zone marketing and retail proposition. The company will be looking for further investment partners in order to meet its objectives in the region and will meet with a company that has made a specific proposal for the funding of the coconut factory in Mozambique. Pursuant to this Mineseeker is investigating restructuring the Aid Free Zone business to accommodate the offer, with the benefit of reducing ongoing funding requirements as the business grows.

Chief Executive, Mike Kendrick commented, ‘This is a very important series of meetings for us as a company and this is the culmination of a considerable amount of work by our regional Managing Director, Eric du Plessis, in bringing this through to fruition’.

‘It is clear that the governments in Southern Africa are determined to return as much land to their people as possible and Mineseeker can offer a cost effective means of helping them achieve this humanitarian goal, in a shorter time frame than previously deliverable’.

A report of the outcomes of the meeting will be made available on the return of the management team to the UK.

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Mineseeker signs MOU with Southern African company

February 13, 2012

Mineseeker Operations has formally engaged with a South African company to deploy Mineseeker technology, MIR™, across the Southern African Development Community (SADC).  The first project being discussed will use the MIR™ technology for the aerial survey of large tracts of land affected by unexploded ordnance.

Mineseeker received a Letter of Intent from the South African company and has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will further entrench the relationship, paving the way for a Joint Venture company, Mineseeker Operations Southern Africa Ltd, which will undertake the contract to survey and clear significant areas of land currently unusable for economic development.

The Joint Venture, with well placed partners, will bring important local expertise to Mineseeker’s undertakings in the region and ensure transparency and compliance with BEE laws that require all companies to have at least 26% local national ownership. Furthermore, such practice aligns with the Mineseeker philosophy of generating wealth in the regions in which the company operates, as well as for the company’s shareholders.

Meetings are now being scheduled for Johannesburg, South Africa with the JV partners. The LOI emphasises that relevant stakeholders have been identified and expected to participate in further discussions to have their accord, cooperation and commitment in returning the affected tribal lands to the local population which has been displaced. This project perfectly fits in with the humanitarian nature of the work that is at the core of Mineseeker’s business plan, and funding will be provided through the JV company.

Further details of the timing and project value will be released after successful conclusion of the contract negotiations.

This particular project has been a target contract for Mineseeker Operations since its inception and discussions have been underway during the last year, with various parties. In keeping with its business model, Mineseeker will undertake level one and aerial surveys to identify unexploded ordnance, releasing unaffected areas back for economic and community use.  Mineseeker will sub-contract the removal of unexploded ordnance to a specialist contractor.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or performance. These statements reflect the company’s current expectations and are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The company does not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in this or other company statements will not be realized. Furthermore, readers are cautioned that these statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause these differences include, but are not limited to, the acceptance of our products, lack of revenue growth, failure to realize profitability, inability to raise capital and market conditions that negatively affect the market price of our common stock. The Company disclaims any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.

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Mineseeker Flight Operations Development

January 26, 2012

Mineseeker’s Operations Director, Richard Trueman, is embarking on a series of important flight training courses in order to further develop his already impressive qualifications on rotary wing aircraft.

Over the next few months, Richard will spend a considerable amount of time completing essential training to comply with the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Licence requirements. This will ensure that his test pilot status will be fully recognised when the new regulatory framework comes into place, as well as converting his previous military Instrument Flight Rules qualification into its civil equivalent.

Richard commented, ‘this is a great opportunity for me and will mean that Mineseeker complies with the most up to date pilot qualification requirements in its flying operations’.

‘It will also allow me to take an active role in the certification process of the company’s sensor technology on new aerial platforms’, he added.

In addition Richard will also be undertaking training and operations of unmanned aerial vehicles and evaluating their suitability as an operating platform for Mineseeker in the future.

The company has agreed to release Richard for 2-3 days per week in order for him to concentrate on both manned and unmanned flying over forthcoming months, after which it is anticipated that he will revert to his full time role with the company.  Richard will continue to act as Operations Director during this time, although he will not take a seat on the Board again until he returns to his role in managing, full time, the day to day business of the company.

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Mineseeker Operations and Morgan Aircraft LLC Announce Cooperation Agreement

Morgan Aircraft and Mineseeker Operations Announce Cooperation Agreement

9th January 2012

Wisconsin USA-based Morgan Aircraft LLC and UK-based Mineseeker Operations announced today that the two organizations have signed a strategic co-operation agreement to jointly develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform that can, in addition to serving many other needs, be customized to meet the mission requirements of Mineseeker Operations.

Morgan Aircraft is developing a unique vertical lift UAV which combines the operational advantages of a helicopter with the range and speed of a fixed-wing aircraft, but with none of the tilting parts which have plagued other such programs in the past.

Mineseeker Operations’ primary focus is the safe and cost effective mapping and clearing of mines and other unexploded ordnance from former and current war-zones. To facilitate this, Mineseeker has developed a unique airborne visual overlay technology which can detect and map surface and sub-surface objects using multi-spectral images and radar (MIR™). The new Morgan Aircraft UAV platform should bring significant advantages by meeting or exceeding the capability of the current Mineseeker aerial platform in a more cost effective manner.

In making the announcement, Mineseeker Executive Chairman Mike Kendrick stated, “The UN estimates there are more than a hundred million landmines buried on the face of the planet. Our proprietary mapping technology can hugely speed the process of locating and charting these. However, to do this we require a sensor platform that is stable, cost efficient, reliable and is capable of deployment in some pretty remote and inhospitable terrain. We currently have a platform that meets our requirements but the potential of the Morgan Aircraft product to allow us to operate even more effectively while reducing costs would allow us to help blighted nations be rid of the landmine menace faster than present technologies permit. When we met Morgan Aircraft it was truly a eureka moment!”

Brian Morgan, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of seven-year-old Morgan Aircraft responded, “We have developed a UAV that is capable of conducting a wide range of missions, but when we were introduced to Mineseeker we realized our platform would be a perfect fit for their humanitarian efforts to map the minefields that plague hundreds of thousands of square miles of the earth’s surface. Compared to the cost of operating helicopters, our powered-lift fixed-wing UAV will greatly reduce Mineseeker’s operating costs with projected savings in excess of 50 percent in both fuel and maintenance expenses.”

When Morgan’s first full-scale aircraft has met or exceeded performance expectations and completed appropriate safety standards checks, the two companies will start working on the development of a MIR sensor-supporting ‘Morgan Mineseeker’ airframe which will be a custom variant of the standard Morgan UAV platform.

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News Alert – Mineseeker Oil & Gas Development

November 27, 2011

Mineseeker is delighted to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with a leading North American oil and gas company to develop opportunities in mine affected oil and gas markets.

Mineseeker is currently talking to governments and other organisations in Africa and the Middle East to help liberate mine affected land with potential for oil and gas production.

As the office is now closed in the UK, we will be making a more complete statement next week.

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Landmine Monitor 2011 States Landmine Use ‘Highest Since 2004′ Despite Record Clearances

November 23, 2011

Published today, Landmine Monitor 2011 has identified three governments laying antipersonnel mines: Israel, Libya, and Myanmar.

•    This is an increase since the previous report, with confirmed new use in Israel and Libya.
•    Use by non-state armed groups was confirmed in four countries—Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar, and Pakistan—down from six countries in the last report.

The Monitor identified 12 producers of antipersonnel mines (the same number as reported in 2010 and the lowest total ever): China, Cuba, India, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States (US), and Vietnam.

A total of 4,191 new casualties were recorded in 2010, 5% more than in 2009 when 4,010 casualties were identified.
•    The slight increase in recorded casualties is not yet indicative of a trend, due to poor quality of casualty data in some countries. The 2010 total is, however, lower than the 5,502 casualties recorded for 2008.
•    Due to incomplete data collection, the actual number of casualties was certainly higher than what was recorded.

A total of 72 states, as well as seven disputed areas, were confirmed or suspected to be mine-affected.
•    Emergency risk education is needed in Colombia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Somalia; Libya, too, became a risk education priority following the outbreak of armed conflict in February 2011.

At least 200km2 of mined areas were cleared by 45 mine action programs in 2010, the highest annual total ever recorded by the Monitor (compared with 198km2 in 2009, the previous record, and 160 km2 in 2008).
•    More than 388,000 antipersonnel mines and over 27,000 anti-vehicle mines were destroyed during this clearance.
•    The largest total clearance of mined areas was achieved by programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, and Sri Lanka, which together accounted for more than 80% of recorded clearance.
•    An additional 460km2 of former battle area was reportedly cleared, destroying in the process more than 1.2 million items of unexploded ordnance. The largest totals were reported in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Lao PDR.

Victim assistance in 2010 benefitted from a reoriented focus on service accessibility and availability, as well as some early efforts in a few states to combine the implementation of various complementary legal instruments.
•    However, these improvements were at least in part offset by increases in armed violence that eroded accessibility and availability of services in several states with significant numbers of survivors.
•    Donors reported providing US$43.6 million to support victim assistance activities, an increase of over $5 million from the previous year. However, this is only 9% of the global total of international assistance for mine action, the same percentage of total funding as in 2009.

Donors and affected states contributed approximately $637 million in international and national support for mine action in 2010.
•    31 donors contributed $480 million in international support for mine action in 57 affected states and areas, an increase of $34 million from 2009.
•    This is the largest amount of donor contributions recorded by the Monitor and the fifth consecutive year that international contributions totalled over $400 million per year.
•    Contributions from the top five mine action donors—the US, European Commission, Japan, Norway, and Canada—accounted for 64% of all donor funding.
•    The top six recipient states—Afghanistan, Angola, Iraq, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia —received 55% of all international mine action contributions in 2010.
•    Twenty-four affected states provided $157 million in national support for mine action towards their own mine action programs, a decrease of $7 million from 2009, with lower contributions from Croatia and Angola accounting for most of the decrease.

The full report can be downloaded here: http://www.the-monitor.org/index.php

BBC coverage of the report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15849477

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Mineseeker Offers Humanitarian Assistance To Libya’s National Transitional Council

November 4, 2011

NEW LANDMINE DETECTION TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST IN LANDMINE CLEARANCE PROGRAMS

LONDON - A leading British firm at the forefront of landmine detection capability has today confirmed that it is to offer humanitarian assistance and to restart negotiations on a major landmine clearance program with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) and its newly appointed interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib.

The offer of humanitarian assistance was made after Mineseeker CEO Mike Kendrick received an email communication from Libya requesting the company’s assistance to help clear landmines laid during the Libyan revolution. Mineseeker is to receive an invitation to visit to Libya in the coming weeks.

Mineseeker Operations Overseas Ltd (Mineseeker), founded by former Virgin Airship & Balloon company CEO Mike Kendrick, a long time friend and former business associate of Sir Richard Branson, confirmed that it is to offer its Multi Spectral Imaging Radar (MIR)™ technology, in a humanitarian capacity to assist the NTC in its landmine clearance program that will need to be undertaken as Libya moves towards a democracy as a post conflict Arab nation.

Dozens of civilians including women and children have been killed or injured in recent weeks during the Civil uprising in Libya leading to the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi. Troops loyal to Gaddafi had planted indiscriminate metal and plastic landmines in the strategic towns and cities of Zlitan, Ajdabiya, Bani Walid, Misrata and Tripoli as the former dictator struggled to hold onto power.

Mike Kendrick has previously visited Tripoli, accompanied, on one occasion by Sir Richard Branson for discussions with the Gaddafi led Libyan Government. The discussions outlined a landmine clearance program to survey areas of land in Libya where landmines and unexploded ordnance have been left over from World War 2 and which continue to prevent the exploration of oil and gas fields.

Now the British firm is to seeking to re-start talks with the newly appointed Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib and board members of the National Transitional Council of Libya to assist in providing a landmine clearance program using its landmine detection radar capability.  It is also seeking a meeting with Andrew Mitchell the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, with a view to discussing how Mineseeker’s landmine detection technology can be deployed in other UK development aid projects.

Mike Kendrick said; “We look forward to and welcome early discussions with the National Transitional Council, the Prime Minister and its board members. We expect to visit Libya in the coming weeks to assess how Mineseeker can assist the NTC in their landmine clearance program. We have previously dealt with the Libyan Government under the Gaddafi regime, so we have an understanding of the scale and magnitude of the problem but this has been greatly impacted by the recent revolution. The immediate priority for the NTC will be to make safe the newly laid mines in the towns and cities and then to liberate the land in and around the oil exploration fields and key road infrastructures to restore the country’s economy and wealth generation. The NTC have a lot of issues to consider as they move towards a democracy in a post conflict state and we expect this process and discussions to take some time.”

Kendrick’s company, Mineseeker, an aerial survey and mapping company, has developed the unique landmine detection technology in conjunction with the British Ministry of Defence and American defence contractors for humanitarian aid. The groundbreaking technology has been extensively trialled in Kosovo, Croatia and the USA and was first deployed using airships. It has now been miniaturised and successfully trialled on helicopters, which can currently survey up to five square kilometres per day. It’s advancement in locating landmines has life changing ramifications.

Mineseeker’s CEO Mike Kendrick believes that the overthrow of Gaddafi and the Civil War has led to a new crisis in the country.  “Many innocent men, women and children have been killed or injured as a result of landmines, many cannot go about their normal daily lives  or return to their homes for fear of unexploded landmines and ordnance (UXO).  One of the greatest risks of death also comes from the danger of children playing with landmines left exposed in the ground which they mistake for toys or objects to play with.

He added; “The process of landmine clearance has also been hampered as many of their military personnel have a very limited knowledge and experience in the deadly task of landmine clearance, some are using primitive methods with little more than a metal garden rake to find landmines. The process of landmine detection is ever more complicated by the fact that there are also both metal and plastic landmines buried beneath the surface making their detection even more difficult.”

Mineseeker’s innovative and advanced lightweight technology uses ground penetrating synthetic aperture radar (GPSAR) and photo mosaic technology to produce a fusion of “Multi-Spectral and Imaging Radar” (MIR)™ of both surface and sub-surface targets, designed specifically to locate landmines and unexploded remnants of war.  The company has also developed other detection applications and will be looking to launch “Aquaseeker”, “Airseeker”,Threatseeker” and “Landseeker” in due course. Mineseeker remains the only company to have demonstrated MIR™ technology in an operational environment to date.

Kendrick continued; “It is vital that the towns and cities of Libya are made safe and that a rapid landmine clearance program is undertaken. Men, women and children need to be able to go about their daily lives, return to their homes without fear of treading on or touching a landmine. There are also much wider ramifications in restoring Libya’s infrastructure its energy reserves, water supply and electricity. Many of the oil fields are now littered with landmines, these will need to be identified and cleared before the country can resume its production and supply of oil and in turn restore its economic wealth and prosperity.  Previous conflicts in that area has left landmines in the ground for the past 60 years, killing and injuring civilians on a daily basis and inhibiting growth and economic recovery particularly in the oil and gas fields of the eastern dessert. We must not let this happen again..”

It is estimated by the United Nations that there are more than 100 million landmines located in over 70 countries around the world which have maimed or killed more than 1 million people across the world to date. Every nineteen minutes someone is affected by a landmine. With current detection methods it will take, according to the UN, up to 600 years to rid the planet of landmines and cost in the region of $50 Billion. Utilising Mineseeker technology and mobilising a fleet of twenty-five aircraft the current estimated timeframe could be reduced to approximately 30 years and the cost reduced by a factor of ten. These figures do not take into account the many millions of landmines laid in recent areas of conflict including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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