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Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Ramta Division has completed the engineering testing phase and has begun building a technology demonstrator of a multi-sensor system called MIDS (Mines and IED Detection System) for detecting deep buried and surface-laid mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). MIDS will be on display at the upcoming Eurosatory exhibition, the largest international land and air-land defense and security exhibition in Europe, held on June 16 to June 20, Paris, France.
MIDS is deployed on a ruggedized, commercial, light tracked or wheeled (manned and/or unmanned) engineering vehicle, according to customers’ needs. It carries an advanced ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and metal detector (MD) arrays into high threat environments to identify deep buried and surface laid mines/IEDs in, and next to, the advancing path of the maneuvering forces. The two main arrays (GPR and metal detector) produce data which is combined to allow real time analysis, minimizing false alarms from non-threatening materials such as rocks, wood and other debris.
An onboard IAI-manufactured electro-optic payload with day/night cameras provides remote operators with situational awareness and enables visual surveillance from a safe distance. On-board navigation systems allow the vehicle to travel along a precise series of preprogrammed or operator designated waypoints and record and transmit the exact location of discovered threats.
Unmanned Systems Event 2014 – Israel
MIDS carries a remotely operated weapon system slaved to the electro-optic payload for self-defense against enemy combatants or for detonating threats on the operator’s command. The system is also equipped with a small dozer blade able to clear obstructions, and a lane-painting/marking system for designating both a safe path for following vehicles/troops and for outlining the location of discovered threats.