UXO clearance operation in Laos

Motoyuki Sato, Yoshihiko Kadoya

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Laos is one of the most seriously contaminated countries by UXO. Most of the UXO are cluster bombs, used in 1960-70's. There is historical political background about the UXO problems in Laos. Currently, The clearance of UXO is significantly important for future economic development for Laos. It affects not only local inhabitants, but it will affects national economy. For example, UXO clearance in mountainous area can promote construction of roads, and Laos has a good possibility to be the center of transportation in Indo-Chia region. We have started a research project for evaluation of impact of UXO clearance in Laos, "The economic impact and the technological development for the elimination of unexploded ordnance (UXO) elimination in Laos". Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) is working in the nine most impacted provinces nationwide and it clears land for agriculture and community purposes. We recently visited Laos and observed the UXO clearance procedure conducted by UXOLAO. The technical survey for UXO clearance site to determine for operation, UXO detection by using metal detectors are organized by UXO Lao. In this paper, we will report the technical aspects of the UXO clearance in Laos.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDetection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIII
EditorsSteven S. Bishop, Jason C. Isaacs
ISBN (Electronic)9781510617674
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventDetection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIII 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 2018 Apr 162018 Apr 18

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherDetection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Metal Detector
  • UXO. Laos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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