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Benkovac Test Site


Outdoor test facility intended for tests and evaluation of hand-held mine detection systems, vehicle-mounted systems, UAV-mounted systems and biological detection methods. 1000 mine targets buried in 2000. Three different soil types

Mechanical Equipment: NO
Detector / Sensor: YES
Protection Equipment: NO

Name: Nikola Pavkovic
Phone.+385 (0)1 650 0020
Fax:+385 (0)1 652 0301
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Indoor / outdoor: outdoor
Test area (m2):10.000 m2
Explosive allowed: Usage of explosives allowed, but activation is not allowed. Use of ignition devices and live mine fuses is not allowed.

Office facility:
Size (m2): 35
Heating / Cooling: Upon request
Phone / Fax: YES
Internet access: NO



Working hours: Without restriction
Remarks: Advance scheduling desirable, at least 30 days in advance
Entrance requirements: Entry allowed only with HCR-CTRO personnel.
Remarks: Persons planning to enter the test site should register beforehand



Mechanical workshop: Not at the test site, but this service may be provided upon request.

Services supplied:
Electricity: 220V
Fuel: NO
Water: YES
Compressed air: NO
Canteen: NO
Distance: 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 test site was established in 2000 for the purpose of testing hand-held mine detection systems and those mounted on vehicles

Test lanes/areas
The test site is divided into- 47 lanes.

1. Blind test lanes (39)  47 m long, 1 m wide, mines are buried at 5-27 cm deep. Distance between the lanes is 3 m. The lanes are divided into 1x1 m squares, their furthermost points are marked. The distance of 3 m between the lanes is sufficient to prevent interference from objects in the neighbouring lanes and to enable passage of a vehicle. There is a 3 m wide area along the fence, and 8 m wide area at the entrance, where the office facility is placed and where preparation and training is conducted.

2. Training and testing lanes with publicly known locations of mines (8 lanes):
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

Weather conditions enable the use of the test site all the year round. There is almost no snow or frost, and the rains are rare.

In the area intended for blind tests there are 810 mines, 449 false alarm objects and 457 empty spaces.

The following types of mines are buried:
- Antitank: TMM-1, TMA-1A, TMA-2A, TMA-3, TMA-4, TMA-5, TMRP-6
- Antipersonnel: PMA-1A, PMA-2, PMA-3, PMR-2A/2AS, PMR-3, PROM-1

The following types of mines are provided for training and testing:
- Antitank: TMM-1, TMA-3, TMA-4, TMRP-6.
- Antipersonnel: PMA-1A, PMA-2, PMA-3, PROM-1

Other types of mines may be provided on users 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 a day alarm system.


Past, ongoing and planned tests and trials

Past tests
- Reliability tests of metal detectors, carried out by BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing - Germany) in 2003 and 2005.
- Demonstration of the work of CEIA metal detectors, carried out upon the request by AKD Mungos company.
- testing of technical performance of metal detectors used by CROMAC.
- in February and March 2006, testing of Japanese robotic buggies and mine detection dual sensors ((Mine Hunter Vehicle -MHV1 i MHV-2, Gryphon, ALIS)
- in September 2006, STEMD project - systematic test and evaluation of metal detectors used in the region of southeast Europe, carried out in collaboration with BAM (German Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing)
- in October 2006, testing of a mine detection scanner in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute from Germany, as part of the HUMIN/MD project.
- in October 2007, testing of Japanese dual sensor systems ALIS (Advanced Landmine Imaging System) i Gryphon + LAMDAR IV
- in 2009 - use of bees in mine detection - passive method - sampling from the beehives.
- from 2012-2014 - TIRAMISU project within the EU FP7
- from 2014-2018 - trials by Manchester University
- 2016-2018 - trials by St. Andrews University
- 2018 - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb - R&D of metal detectors, field trials

Ongoing tests

- NATO SPS project Biological method (bees) for Explosive Detection




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