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The mine hunter/killer
Author(s): Ricky W. Stanfield
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Paper Abstract

The term 'mine hunter/killer' has frequently served as a catch-all for almost any discussion of the integration of mine detection and neutralization technology. With the Army's recent approval of the mine hunter/killer advanced technology demonstration, the term now takes on a specific set of challenges and goals. In this paper, the author discusses the developing operational and functional requirements for the mine hunter/killer, the mine types considered as targets for the system, and the implications of these factors for detection systems and neutralizers alike. The issue of 'stand-off' is explored with an emphasis on the trade-offs that must be made between it and overall system effectiveness. The author further discusses recent developments in both detection and neutralization technology that make the notion of a stand-off mine detection and neutralization system more realistic. This discussion includes a summary of forward looking radar, forward looking IR sensors, and advanced signal processing architectures and algorithms. However, it focuses on stand-off neutralization technology and fire control techniques, their stand-off and area kill capabilities, and the synergism between them and the detection suites. Recent neutralizer test results are provided as a basis for considering the requirements of stand-off mine detection systems for probability of detection, detection halo, and false alarm rate. The author concludes with a review of the mainstream mine hunter/killer concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3079, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets II, (22 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280867
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Ricky W. Stanfield, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3079:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets II
Abinash C. Dubey; Robert L. Barnard, Editor(s)

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