L-3 developing handheld explosives detection combining metal sensor and ground-penetrating radar

L-3 moves on with handheld explosives detection

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 8 Oct. 2015. Engineers at L-3 Communications Security & Detection Systems (SDS) Inc. in Woburn, Mass., are applying their expertise in baggage screening and airport security to developing a handheld explosives detection system that combines a metal detector and ground-penetrating radar.

Officials of the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., announced their intention this week to award a contract for L-3 SDS to move forward with the Next Generation Handheld Multi-Sensor Explosive program to help the military detect roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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