4. Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector (VMMD)
Description: There is an urgent need for a teleoperated, vehicle mounted mine detection and marking system. This capability does not currently exist in the U.S. inventory and a vehicle mounted mine detector has top priority. The top priority in obtaining this capability is the development of the Ground Standoff Minefield Detection System (GSTAMIDS). GSTAMIDS, as envisioned, will use multiple integrated sensors to detect and locate individual mines/minefields and mark individual mines or clear lanes.
Justification: The U.S. Army Engineer School has a draft Operational Requirements Document (ORD) entitled Ground Standoff Minefield Detection System (GSTAMIDS).
GSTAMIDS shall be a vehicle-mounted system without an integral power source. GSTAMIDS shall detect and mark surface or buried, metallic and/or nonmetallic, antitank (AT) mines.
This vehicle mounted mine detection program, currently scheduled for an Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD), would gain the lessons learned by the other participating countries vehicle mounted detector programs, mine detection expertise and experience, contrasting test facility capabilities/environments from joint tests and improve our overall vehicle mine detection technology approach. In addition, the U.S. would obtain technical data on sensor performance for sensor types that we are not pursuing in our VMMD program.. There would be cost associated with joint/international tests here in the U.S. and with our allies. Current VMMD program costs for travel and testing would have to be augmented by this program to include our allies VMMD equipment and schedules.
Several countries are pursuing mine detection technologies that are of interest to the U.S. These programs are known to address nuclear, radar, and IR technologies for mine detection using vehicular platforms.
Implementation: Existing approach/platform is the Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) which has a Terms of Reference (TOR) already in place between the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States in the area of countermine and humanitarian demining. The specific TTCP Subgroup is W and their is a special Technical Liaison Group #5 (TLG-5) dealing specifically with countermine and humanitarian demining technologies. NATO AC243/RSG1 Panel on mine detection technologies is another forum for the discussion of these technologies.
Inquiries regarding cooperative projects and arrangements in this area should be directed to the AMC POCs identified below:
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
US Army CECOM
Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703