Army surveys industry for ground-penetrating radar technology blended with metal detectors to find and mark IEDs

ABERDEEN, Md., 31 Oct. 2010. U.S. Army researchers are canvassing industry to find companies able to design and build a vehicle-mounted ground-penetrating radar system that can detect and mark buried improvised explosive devices (IEDs) made from metal, plastic, wood, conventional explosives, and homemade explosives. The Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., released a sources-sought notice Thursday (W91CRB-11-R-0005) for a vehicle-mounted ground-penetrating radar system able to process data in real time to enable the vehicle operator to detect targets 10 feet in front of his vehicle.

Oct 31st, 2010

ABERDEEN, Md., 31 Oct. 2010. U.S. Army researchers are canvassing industry to find companies able to design and build a vehicle-mounted ground-penetrating radar system that can detect and mark buried improvised explosive devices (IEDs) made from metal, plastic, wood, conventional explosives, and homemade explosives.

The Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., released a sources-sought notice Thursday (W91CRB-11-R-0005) for a vehicle-mounted ground-penetrating radar system able to process data in real time to enable the vehicle operator to detect targets 10 feet in front of his vehicle.

This system should be modular, rapidly repairable in a war zone, and ruggedized to operate in the most austere and demanding environments, Army officials say. The system must be able to detect metallic, low metallic, and non-metallic IEDs with a high probability of detection and low false alarm rate in rugged terrain like unimproved roads and trails.

The system also must be able to transmit ground-penetrating radar data in real time to a remote display and control system on another vehicle as far away as one kilometer. This remote system must be able to receive data and control the radar array in real time. The system must blend a metal detector into the ground-penetrating radar data stream.

Companies interested should submit white papers no later than 22 Nov. 2010 discussing related company technical expertise and experience by e-mail to the Army's Danielle Moyer at danielle.moyer@us.army.mil.

For questions or concerns contact Danielle Moyer by phone at 410-306-0268, by e-mail at danielle.moyer@us.army.mil, or by post at RDECOM Contracting Center - Aberdeen (RDECOM-CC), ATTN: AMSSB-ACC-A, 4118 Susquehanna Ave., Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-3013.

More information is online at http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2010/10-October/30-Oct-2010/FBO-02318539.htm.

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