Winkelmann, a leading provider of EOD/IED search equipment, today announced the launch of the HAWK XTS Electronic Device Detector, also known as a non-linear junction detector (NLJD).

One of the greatest areas of concern to soldiers in the field is that of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs), which kill more soldiers in modern warfare than any other weapon system. Such devices are also being increasingly used by terrorist organisations and other subversive groups to target civilian VVIPs and their vehicle convoys. Winkelmann has nearly two decades of experience in developing NLJD’s and has delivered over 1100 units to military and government agencies.

Over the past few years, NLJD’s have played an important role in detecting improvised explosive devices, this has fuelled the latest research, ideas and growth, and technology delivery.

The HAWK XTS is capable of locating and confirming the presence of electronic components found in devices, regardless whether they are switched on or off. The HAWK XTS allows the operator to search voids and areas where they are unable to gain physical or visual access, in order to detect electronic components and determine if the area is free from an IED.

The higher frequency of the XTS-2.5 GHz detector has an advantage. On various targets the XTS-2.5 GHz detector is more efficient than detectors operating at 800-900MHz frequencies with greater power.

For ease of use the HAWK XTS has an integral extendable arm that can be altered without interrupting a search. The arm can be quickly extended when searching targets on the ground.

The HAWK XTS hand-held system includes automatic frequency selection and automatic power control to prevent saturation of targets and provide more accurate analysis. Rapid development of lithium technology means batteries for the HAWK XTS system will last longer, up to 4 hours operation on a single fully charged battery.