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Vehicle-mounted ground penetrating radar (Mine Stalker III) field evaluation in Angola
Author(s): Stephen Laudato; Kerry Hart; Michael Nevard; Steven Lauziere; Shaun Grant
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Demining Research and Development (HD R&D) Program, Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology (NIITEK), Inc. and The HALO Trust have over the last decade funded, developed and tested various prototype vehicle mounted ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems named the Mine Stalker. The HD R&D Program and NIITEK developed the Mine Stalker to detect low metal anti-tank (LM-AT) mines in roads. The country of Angola is severely affected by LM-AT mines in and off road, some of which are buried beyond the effective range of detection sensors current used in country. The threat from LM-AT mines such as the South African Number 8 (No. 8) and the Chinese Type 72 (72AT) still persist from Angola’s 30 years of civil war. These LM-AT threats are undetectable at depths greater than 5 to 10 centimeters using metal detection technology. Clearing commerce routes are a critical requirement before Angola can rebuild its infrastructure and improve safety conditions for the local populace. The Halo Trust, a non-governmental demining organization (NGO) focused on demining and clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO), has partnered with the HD R&D Program to conduct an operational field evaluation (OFE) of the Mine Stalker III (MS3) in Angola. Preliminary testing and training efforts yielded encouraging results. This paper presents a review of the data collected, testing results, system limitations and deficiencies while operating in a real world environment. Our goal is to demonstrate and validate this technology in live minefield environments, and to collect data to prompt future developments to the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9072, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XIX, 90720Z (29 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053981
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Laudato, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Kerry Hart, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Michael Nevard, The HALO Trust (United Kingdom)
Steven Lauziere, NIITEK Inc. (United States)
Shaun Grant, NIITEK Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9072:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XIX
Steven S. Bishop; Jason C. Isaacs, Editor(s)

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