Security, demining and defence

HiSky is proud to provide high-end services and products to support projects and partners activities in the area of security, demining and defence in Egypt and the Middle East.

HiSky manages logistics, ground operations, supply of necessary tools, machinery and technology. HiSky also maps and networks with relevant governmental bodies and non-governmental partners locally, regionally and internationally to support successful business in this area.

The following are among the services and products HiSky provides:
  • Security systems and all protection parameters;
  • Special-purpose products;
  • Demining systems, bomb detection, safety tools for EOD and degaussing;
  • Body armour, airfield lighting systems, EOD x-ray systems, optical and night vision systems, as well as motion and acoustic sensors; and
  • Agency services and representation for security and defence companies.

Projects and interventions

Security and Demining Project in North-western Desert, Egypt

Project History

Egypt is contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), especially with unexploded ordnance (UXO) from World War II. The precise extent of contamination remains unknown. The joint Egypt/UNDP project document of November 2006 referred, improbably, to 2,680km2 of contamination, which is almost four times the total estimated area of contamination in Afghanistan. The total number of casualties is not known, although according to "Landmine Monitor," landmines and UXOs have claimed 8,313 casualties (697 killed and 7,616 injured), of which 5,015 were civilians. These figures are believed to apply only to casualties occurring in the Western Desert since 1982.

The scope and density of the landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem in Egypt has a serious impact on development, particularly as it expands to facilitate the large population growth forecast for the next 15 to 20 years. The resources are tremendous in those contaminated areas. Government researchers estimate that approximately 3 million fedans of the north-western coast and inland desert area are suitable for cultivation and pastures. Groundwater reservoirs in the area amount to some 1 billion cubic meters. As for petroleum and mineral resources, roughly 4.8 million barrels of petroleum and 13.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are available in the region. Not to mention, the land is also suitable for wildlife reserves, and offers a number of archaeological, environmental and astronomical activities suitable for tourism.

Towards the large-scale development of the region, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has supported the Egyptian Ministry of Planning in formulating a US $10 billion development programme. The various relevant development proposals could have a considerable impact not only on the North West Coast, but also on the national economy as a whole. About 400,000 jobs could be created, and about 1.5 million people should be able to move into the area by 2022.

In recognition of the fact that demining is no longer merely a humanitarian issue but rather a major developmental concern, The Ministry of International Cooperation (MIC) and the UNDP have established the Executive Secretariat for Mine Clearance and the Development of the North West Coast. It is the main body responsible for coordinating and monitoring development plans for the region and related mine action activities.

Project Intervention

Within the overarching mine clearance arrangement set by MIC and UNDP, HiSky developed and managed a demining project in close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ministry of Interior (MOI) and MIC.

HiSky was successful in pulling together a highly qualified technical team, mobilizing resources from international development agencies targeting the development of the North Western Desert in Egypt, partnering with relevant entities for provision of necessary tools and machinery, as well as setting up operational processes and managing the project from inception till full implementation.

The project involved mines detection, clearance and assurance, as well as managing relevant ground operations and logistics. HiSky ensured that necessary machinery and technology were made available for this project through partnering with Armtrac Ltd., a renowned British company working in this field, e.g. Armtrac demining A400.

Clients and partners

Ministry of Defence, Egypt Ministry of Int’l Cooperation, Egypt
Ministry of Interior, Egypt Armtrac Ltd., UK
Scanna, UK NP Aerospace, UK
Metallite Aviation, UK JGN Consulting, UK
Mines Action Program, Egypt Residential Compounds Security, Egypt
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