Training Facilities and Infrastructure

The MAT Kosovo EOD & ERW Training Establishment has benefited from being an integral part of the Kosovo Mine Action Programme since 1999. The location of the Training Centre itself was the former HQ of a regional Mine Action Organisation back in the early days of humanitarian mine action in Kosovo.

MAT Kosovo has been involved in clearing many areas of Kosovo in the past from cluster munitions, minefields, ERW and explosive ordnance of many kinds. Students benefit from being involved in what many feel is still a ‘live country programme’ as the areas used for the practical aspects of training are realistic and engaging. Those who join us for the rigorous training will see first-hand the work that is undertaken to mitigate casualties and to facilitate full land release.

Our facilities and infrastructure are geared towards an enjoyable training experience. The town of Peja has much to offer with restaurants, a brewery, places of interest and places of worship for all faiths. The countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and there is abundant wildlife in the surrounding mountains. Our training courses are fully catered with excellent, wholesome meals accommodating all dietary requirements and we have our own bar the ‘Gagged Grenade – EOD Café’ where you will find ‘like-minded’ company of the highest calibre. The site is fully secure with cable TV and full WIFI throughout.

Our Training Centre is situated in Peja, Western Kosovo, at the foot of the beautiful and imposing ‘Accursed’ mountains and the National Park– altitude: 550m, latitude: 42.66269, longitude: 20.3120111.

Sugar Factory

A disused sugar production plant, now disused and derelict which offers a number of environments which are similar to those found in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Rubbled areas, bombed out and derelict buildings, with open grassed areas and areas of brush and scrub. This facility provides the perfect surrounding to conduct realistic scenario-based exercises to assess the skills and knowledge of attending students for HIEDC, technical survey, spot tasks and BAC.

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Demolitions Ranges Sugar Factory map

VJ Barracks

A former Serbian military base, now disused and derelict which offers a number of environments for the conduct of all training courses delivered by MAT Kosovo. With routes, derelict buildings, open and heavily vegetated areas, this facility is ideal for a technical survey, UAS training and trails, Battle Area Clearance (BAC) and Demining exercises. In addition, the areas have a small range where render safe procedures (RSP), the firing of de-armers, rocket wrench, disruptors and improvised water bottle charges may be conducted.

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Demolitions Ranges VJ Barracks map