Turkish Army orders CSI's Husky Mark III mine detectors
Critical Solutions International (CSI) has received a contract for supply of its two-operator Husky Mark III vehicle mounted mine detectors (VMMDs) to the Turkish Army.
Awarded to CSI's distributor IPA Defence and its strategic partner DCD Protected Mobility, the unspecified contract covers the supply of four Husky vehicles to help enhance mine and improvised explosive device (IED) detection, interrogation and clearance capabilities of the Turkish military.
Vehicles supplied under the contract will be fitted with several mission equipment packages, such as the Fassi M20AL lightweight composite interrogation arm, QinetiQ-NA-built rocket-propelled grenade net protection system (Q-Net), as well as a 360° situational awareness camera system, jointly manufactured by CSI and Torc Robotics.
CSI's CEO, Mike McCormack, said the Husky vehicle selection represents Turkish government's significant investment in saving lives and improving the capability of the national army.
''The two-operator Husky vehicle, equipped with the Fassi Interrogation Arm, Q-Net and a 360° camera system provides the essential technology for threat detection and interrogation, and will help protect the lives of service members and civilians,'' McCormack said.
''The IED is also not limited to recent US theatres of combat operations and international militaries are increasingly recognising the need to have this life-saving advanced detection capability.''
The Husky MK III VMMD is a single occupant mine-resistant landmine and IED detection vehicle, designed to enable rapid and efficient route clearance by creating safe passage for military convoys and civilian vehicles in both rural and urban environments.
An upgraded version of Husky VMMD, Husky MK III features a V-shaped hull to deflect any blast away from the operator and is also capable of rolling over a pressure-sensitive explosive device without triggering an explosion.
More than 500 Husky MK III vehicles have been used to date for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Image: a Husky mine detection vehicle parked at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.