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A Franco-German unmanned countermine system demonstrator
Author(s): F. Le Gusquet; K. Neugebauer; F. Gerard; V. Marion; A. Kaspari; D. Hembise
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Paper Abstract

In May 2003, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of France awarded a contract to RHEINMETALL LANDSYSTEME GmbH (Germany), MBDA (France) and THALES (France) for the joint development and manufacturing of a technology demonstrator for a vehicle-based close-in countermine system. The objective of this cooperation project, known as MMSR-SYDERA, is to show that, in a full-scale development program, it will be possible to fulfill the joint operational requirements issued by the German and French armies, which are based on the following missions: Fast route opening, Sensitive route opening and Area Clearing . In order to fulfill the three different missions and deal with an extensive array of mine threats, the MMSR-SYDERA countermine system combines two modes of countermine operation, i.e. triggering mines by decoying or detecting mines with sensors for low-order clearing. Thus, the plan calls for the MMSR-SYDERA system to be composed of five vehicles deployed in different configurations in a convoy on the roads to be cleared. This program takes advantage of the latest technologies to reach the objective performances: some innovative decoy tools already validated during real trials and optimized for MMSRSYDERA program, the latest ambitious technologies for detection and confirmation, and state-of-the-art remote-control capabilities, including tele-operation and semi-autonomous autofollow mode, with the highest established performances. An evaluation of the system demonstrator will be carried out at the beginning of 2007.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5804, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603900
Show Author Affiliations
F. Le Gusquet, Thales Land & Joint Systems (France)
K. Neugebauer, Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung (Germany)
F. Gerard, DGA/SPART (France)
V. Marion, Thales Land & Joint Systems (France)
A. Kaspari, Rheinmetall LandSysteme GmbH (Germany)
D. Hembise, MBDA (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5804:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII
Grant R. Gerhart; Charles M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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