Critical Solutions International (CSI) has been awarded a contract for delivery of two-operator Husky-mounted detection systems (HMDS) with ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to help enhance the Spanish Army’s mine clearance capabilities.
Awarded jointly with supply chain partners, including DCD Protected Mobility, NIITEK and Eleycon 21, the $20m contract covers supply of six Husky units as the vehicle-mounted mine detection (VMMD) solution, along with spare parts and training support to the army.
CSI CEO Mike McCormack said: "With two operators, increased mission capability, and the most advanced sensors available today, the Husky platform equipped with NIITEK’s ground-penetrating radar provides the essential technology for route clearance and helps protect the lives of service members and civilians who live in combat environments."
Representing the first HMDS acquisition by Spain, the contract is designed to support the Spanish Army’s combat engineers and soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.
Equipped with advanced sensors, the two operator HMDS retains the same protection, survivability, and mobility features of the single-operator Husky system, and has been designed to provide enhanced vehicle control and situational awareness to the user.
NIITEK president Juan Navarro stated: "The HMDS system has proven to be a useful technology against the threat of buried explosive hazards and IEDs that Spanish soldiers and Nato Coalition partners face in the current theatre of operations."
HMDS is a multi-panel high-performance system for detecting surface laid and buried explosive threats, including improvised explosive devices (IED), unexploded ordnance (UXO) and weapons caches on main supply routes (MSR) and open areas in the battlefield.
Originally delivered to the US Army, the system has helped military personnel in detecting numerous pressure-plate IEDs prior to detonation in numerous road surfaces and soil conditions in Afghanistan since early 2008.
Deliveries under the contract are scheduled for completion in 2013.