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Army ground-penetrating radar program moves forward; NIITEK to provide test IED sensors

Posted by John Keller

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 14 June 2013. U.S. Army counter-landmine experts are looking to Non-Intrusive Technology Inc.(NIITEK) in Dulles, Va., to provide a ground-penetrating radar system for a test program to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried in roadways.

Officials of the Army Project Manager Close Combat System (PM CCS) at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., say they intend to negotiate with NIITEK on a sole source basis to provide Husky Mounted Detection Systems (HMDS) ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for advanced testing.

The HMDS is a counter-IED system able to detect underbelly IEDs and antitank landmines buried in primary and secondary roads. As a result, the HMDS is vital to route clearance packages (RCP). The system is a combination of the NIITEK VISOR 2500 ground-penetrating radar and the Husky vehicle from Critical Solutions International Inc. in Carrollton, Texas.

The HMDS helps the Army quickly clear roadways of anti-tank mines, roadside bombs, and other IEDs. The NIITEK VISOR 2500 ground-penetrating radar detects metallic and non-metallic explosive hazards, pressure plates, and antitank mines. It combines advanced real-time automatic-target-recognition algorithms, integrated metallic and non-metallic threat detection, automatic precision marking, and software in a ruggedized, supportable package.

NIITEK’s multi-panel high-performance VISOR GPR system functions on manned, blast-resistant vehicles to provide rapid ability to scope out anti-vehicle landmines and other explosive hazards on main supply routes and additional open areas as needed, NIITEK officials say.

NIITEK’s ground-penetrating radar and an optional metal detector, when mounted on manned, blast-resistant vehicles, provides a rapid ability to scope out anti-vehicular landmines or any other type of buried explosive hazard.

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NIITEK’s VISOR 2500 ground-penetrating radar is designed for buried mine and similar explosives detection using ultra-wideband ground-penetrating radar arrays and automatic target recognition. The system uses ultra-wide-bandwidth impulses, has a high signal to clutter ratio, low radar cross-section, is lightweight, and offers low power consumption, NIITEK officials say.

The HMDS program is switching to a program of record (POR) that requires the government to establish a baseline and configuration control of the HMDS GPR technology, Army officials say.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command Aberdeen Proving Ground-Belvoir Division at Fort Belvoir, Va., will conduct negotiations with NIITEK on behalf of the Army's PM CCS.

Although Army officials say they are not inviting competing proposals, all responsible sources may identify their interest and capability to respond to the requirement or submit proposals. Any proposal received by 18 June 2013 will be considered.

Companies interested should email responses no longer than 10 pages to the Army's Tonya Heyward at tonya.l.heyward2.civ@mail.mil.

For questions or concerns contact Tonya Heyward by email at tonya.l.heyward2.civ@mail.mil, or by phone at 703-704-3436.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/notices/2dff0931b952f2ee2b59182ace185a06.

For additional information contact NIITEK online at www.niitek.com, Critical Solutions International at www.c-s-i.com, Army PM CCS atwww.pica.army.mil/pmccs, or the Army Contracting Command at www.army.mil/acc.


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