Critical Solutions International (CSI) has been awarded a contract to supply Husky 2G vehicle-mounted mine detectors to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Under the terms of the $73.5m contract, the company and its partner DCD Protected Mobility will supply an undisclosed number of Husky 2G systems, which will be used as the Iraqi military’s improvised explosive device (IED) and mine clearing vehicle.

In particular, the agreement represents an enhancement to Iraq’s route clearance missions and its ability to maintain freedom of manoeuvre.

"The Husky 2G is a two-operator landmine and IED detection vehicle."

CSI chief executive officer Patrick Callahan said: "The Iraqi Government has determined that the Husky 2G is essential to defeating their IED and mine threats and represents a significant investment in saving lives and enhancing the capability of the Iraqi military.

"We are honoured to have been awarded this contract and are looking forward to working with the Iraqi MoD to fully support this programme and any future requirements."

Originally developed for the US Army, the Husky 2G is a two-operator landmine and IED detection vehicle featuring the FASCAN interrogation arm and the TORC Robotics 360 situational awareness camera system.

A QinetiQ North Americas QNET armour solution is also included and provides lightweight protection from rocket-propelled grenades.

The second operator enables the vehicle driver to focus on control and situational awareness, while the operator monitors and analyses the advanced sensor systems and the operational environment.

In addition, the upgraded vehicle has additional power for future integration of sensors and enhancements such as the NIITEK ground penetrating radar.

CSI has not disclosed when the vehicles will be delivered.