Army to upgrade ground-penetrating radar system for detecting hidden IEDs buried in roadways

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – counter-landmine experts at Chemring Sensors and Electronics Systems (CSES) in Dulles, Va., will start an upgrade to a ground-penetrating radar system later this year to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried in roadways.

Jan 18th, 2018
Army to upgrade ground-penetrating radar system for detecting hidden IEDs buried in roadways
Army to upgrade ground-penetrating radar system for detecting hidden IEDs buried in roadways
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – counter-landmine experts at Chemring Sensors and Electronics Systems (CSES) in Dulles, Va., will start and upgrade to a ground-penetrating radar system later this year to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried in roadways.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground in Alexandria, Va., announced plans Wednesday to ask CSES -- formerly Non-Intrusive Technology Inc. (NIITEK) -- to make engineering changes to the CSES Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS).

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 CSES VISOR 2500 ground-penetrating radar and the Husky vehicle from Critical Solutions International Inc. in Carrollton, Texas.

The Army Contracting Command will award a contract for the HMDS upgrades sometime this summer, on behalf of the Army Product Manager Counter Explosive Hazard (PdM CEH) at Fort Belvoir, Va.

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The HMDS helps the Army quickly clear roadways of anti-tank mines, roadside bombs, and other IEDs. The CSES 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.

CSES’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, CSES officials say.

CSES’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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CSES’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, CSES officials say.

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

For additional information contact CSES online at www.niitek.com, Critical Solutions International at https://c-s-i.com, or the Army Contracting Command at www.army.mil/acc.

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