The Improved Land Mine Detection System
The ILDS is a new, remote controlled, multi-function mine detection system currently in use by Army Engineers. The system is comprised of three vehicles including a control vehicle, a protection vehicle, and a remote detection vehicle. The protection vehicle removes all obstructions and other threats from the path of the detection vehicle, which uses its sensors to locate mines and provides an electronic printout to the control station. The detection vehicle travels at speeds of up to three kilometres per hour, locating any mines within its three-metre wide path and has a remote control range of two kilometres to keep troops out of harm\’s way.
The system consists of Ground Penetrating Radar, a Minimum Metal Detector, Forward Looking Infrared Radar, and a Thermal Neutron Activation Detector. The four systems are used concurrently to provide maximum detection ability with minimal false alarm readings. The ILDS marks all mine locations in its sweep path (for subsequent removal or detonation) with a fluorescent, biodegradable marker.