NIITEK has been awarded a contract for supply of Husky mounted detection system (HMDS) ground penetrating radar (GPR) test units to the US Army.
Under the terms of the $10.6m firm-fixed-price contract, the company will supply six HMDS GPR units to the army for advanced testing in preparation of a long-term HMDS procurement.
The contract also covers a test support package comprising spare parts, technical data, interface control documents, logistics data and related test support services.
Army officials would reportedly use the system to help establish a baseline and configuration control for the HMDS and its GPR technology, as the HMDS programme is scheduled to be become an army programme of record (PoR).
Chemring sensor and electronics president Tom Thebes said: "We are pleased that the US Army is proceeding with making this technology an enduring capability as a PoR for our army and our soldiers.
"The HMDS is a critical component of the US Army’s route clearance units, and now will continue to help save soldiers’ lives and ensure mission success, wherever our forces may be called to serve."
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Under development since 2006, the 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.
The system 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.
HMDS is claimed to have 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.
The NIITEK GPR is currently in use with the US, Canadian, Australian and Spanish militaries.
Image: A Husky mine detection system parked at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: courtesy of US Army / Sgt. Michael Armstrong.