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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 $10.6 m 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 be­come an army pro­gramme of record (PoR).

Un­der de­vel­op­ment since 2006, the HMDS helps in the de­tec­tion of sur­face­laid 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.

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