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AT mine overpass capability of ground-vehicle mine detection system
Author(s): Velimir Maksimovic; Panos Tsopelas; Lawrence Makowsky; Steven S. Bishop; Peter Gugino; Carl Wiggins
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Paper Abstract

An overpass solution for antitank pressure-fused mines was developed and demonstrated for a teleoperated, four-wheeled experimental unmanned ground vehicle hosting a mine detection system using a downlooking ground-penetrating radar. The capability to overpass pressure-activated antitank mines is one way to protect the vehicle. The requirement was to make the vehicle overpass capable by giving it an average footprint pressure of no more than 5 psi using commercially available equipment and without requiring any vehicle modification. An overpass solution was developed and demonstrated using low-pressure, minimal casing rigidity tires that produce a uniformly low ground pressure and enable the vehicle to exert less than the minimum force required to activate the large majority of pressure-fused antitank mines. Overpass requirements are discussed in terms of antitank mine threats, pressure plate size, activation forces, and ground pressure distribution uniformity. A variable-load tire footprint pressure measurement system and laboratory were developed and laboratory evaluation of a number of tire candidates was completed. Laboratory results were demonstrated through field performance demos of the selected low-pressure tire. Results present the successful overpass of various threat representative antitank mines with the pressure plate elevations/exposures at various positions relative to local grade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.544209
Show Author Affiliations
Velimir Maksimovic, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (United States)
Panos Tsopelas, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Lawrence Makowsky, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Steven S. Bishop, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Peter Gugino, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Carl Wiggins, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5415:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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