Chemring‘s sensors and electronic systems business will collaborate with Minelab Electronics to develop a handheld detector of buried improvised explosive devices as part of a $5 million contract that MineLab received from Australia’s defense department.
The handheld detector prototype will feature Chemring’s ground-penetrating radar and Minelab's multi-frequency continuous wave metal detection technology, Chemring said Tuesday.
Chemring noted its ruggedized and ultra-wideband GPR system has supported the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and has been part of more than 400 route clearance systems.
Minelab received funds under the Rapid Prototype Development and Evaluation program of Australia’s defense department to integrate the company’s metal detection technology with Chemring’s GPR to develop a lightweight and compact counter-IED device, Chemring said.
RPDE issued additional funds to develop a prototype of the handheld detector.