Husky vehicle

Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology (NIITEK), a Chemring Group subsidiary, has secured a contract to continue deliveries of Husky Mounted detection systems (HMDS) spare parts to the US Army.

Supplementing a $9m order received in February, the $24m contract stems from the $579m 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 latest contract enables the company to continue delivering both proven support and critical spares to ensure the army’s fleet is mission-ready.

”NIITEK’s HMDS products perform an essential role in protecting troops against the threat of improvised explosive devices,” Papworth said.

Awarded along with a $161m initial instalment, the IDIQ contract enables the army to acquire spares and replacement systems to replenish its theatre sustainment stock.

The contract is also expected to serve future system requirements for the army and US Marine Corps (USMC), as well as the other global foreign military sales (FMS) programmes.

Designed to support the army’s route clearance and area clearance operations, 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.

HMDS features four large VISOR 2500 ground-penetrating radar, computer and monitoring system panels, along with a GPS that provides 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, of which a significant number are already supporting US peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Image: The Husky Mounted detection system being used during the 2011 NIE exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US. Photo: Courtesy of Sgt Michael Armstrong.

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