Pearson Engineering has launched ‘Threat-Sense’ and ‘Threat-Pathway’, a camera-based mine detection system and deployable plough designed to allow any military vehicle to detect and displace scatterable-mine threats.
Developed to overcome the threat of mines highlighted by conflict in Donbass, Ukraine, the systems can be used separately or together to protect armoured and non-armoured vehicles from mine strikes.
The detection component Threat-Sense uses artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms to analyse camera feeds and detect surface threats and indicate on a screen where they are, allowing vehicle commanders to avoid them.
The passive system is capable of analysing imagery from thermal and visual cameras in real-time, analysing potential objects of interest against a trainable threat library to classify potential mines. Once a mine is found, it is highlighted on a screen, and an audible warning is played.
Pearson Engineering said the system would ‘reduce the cognitive effort’ required by vehicle operators ‘without overriding human decision making’.
Threat Sense. Image: Pearson Engineering.
Threat-Pathway, a deployable plough system comes into play for areas where there is no safe alternative route. Capable of being deployed and recovered under armour, the system can be carried by most military vehicles instead of just being fitted onto specialist engineering platforms.
Threat-Pathway is designed to support a vehicle’s ‘self-extraction’ from an area laid with air-delivered scatterable-mines and supports manoeuvre if a vehicle enters a minefield.
Threat-Pathway’s focus is for it to be deployed in urgent scenarios where a vehicle may face a mine threat but cannot be supported by other vehicles or personnel. Pearson Engineering adds that the system can be removed after use and easily replaced if needed.
Threat Pathway is capable of providing full-width clearance for a vehicle, even at full steering lock, and can follow the contours of the ground to sweep away threats.
During development, Pearson Engineering told Army Technology that the system had been tested and integrated with a several, light and medium weight vehicles as well as non-armoured platforms.
Video: Pearson Engineering.