HMDS system

Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology (NIITEK), a Chemring Group subsidiary, has secured a contract to supply additional Husky-mounted detection systems (HMDS) spare parts to the US Army.

Valued at $76m, the latest contract forms part of a multi-year HMDS ground penetrating radar (GPR) indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract secured by the company in April 2012.

Chemring chief executive Mark Papworth said the contract will enable the company to continue deliveries of combat proven support and spares with aim to ensure the army’s fleet is mission-ready.

"NIITEK’s HMDS delivers a critical capability to US soldiers and Marines, and coalition allies in protecting them against the threat of improvised explosive devices," Papworth said.

The company also received a $24m contract to continue HMDS spare deliveries to the army in April this year.

Designed to support the army’s route clearance and area clearance operations, HMDS helps in the detection of surface-laid and buried explosive threats, including improvised explosive devices with pressure-activated trigger mechanisms, unexploded ordnance (UXO), landmines and weapons caches.

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"NIITEK’s HMDS delivers a critical capability to US soldiers and Marines, and coalition allies in protecting them against the threat of improvised explosive devices."

HMDS features four large VISOR 2500 ground-penetrating radar, computer and monitoring system panels, as well as a GPS to provide the operator with 2D and 3D views of objects buried under the ground.

The vehicle has successfully detected pressure-plate IEDs prior to their detonation in a wide range of road surfaces and soil conditions, since its deployment to Afghanistan in early 2008.

More than 240 systems have been ordered to date by the US and Canadian militaries from NITEK, with a significant number already supporting US peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Work under the contract is scheduled to continue until May 2014.

Image: A Husky mine detection vehicle stationed at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: courtesy of US Army, by Sgt Michael Armstrong/Released.

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