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Tuesday December 7, 11:01 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
Loch Harris' Elf Landmine Detector
Scores Perfect 12 of 12 On Blind
TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 1999--The ELF landmine
detector, brainchild of noted Tucson, Ariz. Physicist Dr. Henry Blair,
today continued its winning ways with a perfect 12 of 12 identifications
in blind tests of buried explosives according to Rodney Boone, CEO of
Loch Harris, Inc. (OTC BB: LOCH - news).
The tests took place in the laboratories of Chemical Detection
Technology (ChemTech), a Loch Harris subsidiary, under Blair's
direction and the watchful eye of two consultants who represented the
nation of Boznia-Herzogovena.
''Project ELF has the potential to radically change current landmine
clearance processes and procedures and speed up by ten-fold a return
to normal life for affected populations,'' said P.J. Banks, a principal of
Mine Action Consultants (MAC).
E.C. Banks, founder of MAC, who also witnessed the tests said, ''This
demonstration was 40 times faster than any current (mine detection)
''It was very gratifying,'' said Blair, who designed the blind test using
PETN, TNT, and RDX plus a fourth control sample that contained no
explosive. ''The three explosives samples covered all explosives that
were used in all the landmines now in Bosnia,'' he said.
''ELF not only found all three explosive samples from a distance of one
and one-half meters, it correctly identified each one,'' said Blair. ''ELF
was not fooled by the control sample,'' he said.
Blair emphasized that while this was not a range test, the distance of
one and one-half meters represents about 10 times the capability of
P.J. Banks concurred. ''Traditional tools for locating and destroying
landmines have developed very little from World War II technology,'' she
said. ''The most reliable method is still a man armed with a detector
and prodder, sometimes assisted by specially trained dogs and
machines that reduce vegetation.''
Until ELF, that is.
Banks believes the most important implication of the ELF breakthrough
is the potential to dramatically reduce if not to eliminate accidents to
''In Bosnia-Herzegovina, approximately 12 million square kilometers
have been cleared of approximately 25,500 landmines,'' she said. ''But
not without cost.''
The financial burden has amounted to approximately $343 million per
year, but the human costs have been incalculable.
''Accidents have been cut from 50 per month to approximately 10,'' she
said. ''But since the program began, there have been 64 demining
accidents leaving 29 professional deminers dead and 73 injured.''
''Project ELF could help deminers find the mines before the mines find
them,'' she said.
A further economic benefit would follow, according to Banks. ''ELF
could dramatically reduce the cost of clearance by eliminating the
necessity to clear ground that does not contain mines,'' she said. ''This
land could immediately be returned to the population.''
She did not cite figures for Bosnia, but Loch Harris officials noted that
in Croatia, where tests in live minefields are scheduled soon,
approximately 12 percent of the land is unusable because of the
problem of undocumented mines.
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