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Acoustic technology for land mine detection: past tests, present requirements, and future concepts
Author(s): Thomas R. Witten; Kelly D. Sherbondy; James D. Habersat; James M. Sabatier
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Paper Abstract

A recent blind test and two data collections at the US Army mien test lanes at Ft AP Hill have demonstrated the great potential for the use of acoustic technology to detect buried land mines. The acoustic system built by the University of Mississippi under a contract with the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate demonstrated a very high probability of detection, a very low false alarm rate, extremely good location accuracy, and significant standoff potential. A large number of papers are being presented at this conference that deal with various specific aspects of this program. This paper will present a broad but technical overview of this program. We will describe the capabilities of this approach and the areas in which improvements are being addressed. We will discuss briefly fusion with additional sensors, which will illustrate the manner in which acoustic technology can be integrate with other sensor to form a viable and robust mine detection system. We will present the present Army requirements and operational concepts that would meet these requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4038, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets V, (22 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396294
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Thomas R. Witten, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Kelly D. Sherbondy, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
James D. Habersat, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
James M. Sabatier, Univ. of Mississippi (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4038:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets V
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Regina E. Dugan, Editor(s)

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