Two PB 100 units converted to work in extreme conditions, and at the same time detecting cracks in the icy surface of Antarctica and transport scientific personnel in their research and studies.

The Chilean Army entrusted Telemet with two PB100 units with the particularity of being prepared for the difficult task of transporting its personnel in one of the most difficult terrains on earth, Antarctica.

The two PB100, brought from the factory in mid-October 2021, were taken to the Chilean Army base in Punta Arenas, where they were assembled and tested. One of the machines was acquired with an additional cabin for 5 people, which has all the comforts for an activity of this type.

The second PB100 unit was retrofitted with a crane on the rear platform.

Based on an exclusive Telemet design, a front tilting mechanism was built that allows the mounting of a sonar to be mounted on the blades of both units, which allows the detection of cracks in the frozen ground of Antarctica, this device allows a safe travel of personnel and material in the trips that the Army will make.

Arrival of the PB100 Antarctic units at Punta Arenas, Chile, with final destination Antarctic Base O'Higgins.

With the collaboration of members of the Base, both machines were assembled in their workshops. This PB100 has an additional cabin for 5 people and has a milling machine for use in runway preparation.

The second PB100 has a crane up to 1000 kgs. Both units have rubber-coated steel crawler tracks and winches mounted on shovel supports.

Part of the requirement is the provision of 2 radar systems for crack detection. For that purpose, Telemet created a unique design to have the radar antenna detecting ahead of the PB100 trajectory.

Even when the equipment was delivered in snow-free areas, hands-on training was possible thanks to the rubber-coated steel tracks.

Theoretical classes were conducted by Telemet executive staff, covering operations and maintenance of the PB units.

Officers from the Army's Antarctic Affairs Center who participated in the whole process until reaching this delivery in facilities in Punta Arenas, with prompt departure to Base O'Higgins in Antarctica.

We are grateful for the confidence placed in us by the Chilean Army, as well as our appreciation for the support provided by all the personnel of the Army Antarctic Affairs Center.