Cobham has secured a $4.17m contract from the US Army to develop a next-generation explosive detection system.

Working with the army, a team from Cobham will develop technology for detecting landmines and other explosive hazards hidden in the ground.

The three-year deal will involve Cobham in the development of a highly specialised handheld technology demonstrator, providing the army with a potentially unique system with enhanced capability.

"Cobham will deliver enhanced handheld counter-explosive hazard detection systems for evaluation."

Work will be carried out in Marlow and Leatherhead, UK.

Cobham Antenna Systems general manager and vice-president Tom Garvey said: "As a result of this programme, Cobham will deliver enhanced, handheld, counter-explosive hazard detection systems for evaluation.

"The continued need for protection of US forces against buried threats is a key priority, and this contract will allow Cobham to build on the considerable capability offered by the current Minehound family of detectors as it develops next-generation systems.

"Cobham has adapted its advanced technology for the most demanding military environments and requirements, and these detectors form part of an extensive portfolio provided by Cobham, which protect lives and livelihoods."

In 2013, Cobham received a contract to modernise the nitrogen inerting units (NIUs) installed onboard the US military’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter fleet.

Awarded by the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the $7.1m contract covered overhaul and upgrade of unspecified Niu systems.

Cobham Antenna Systems develops advanced integrated systems for avionics, radar, surveillance and Satcom applications.