Spanish Ministry of Defence purchases GroundHunter IED Wire Detectors
The Spanish Ministry of Defence (Ministerio de Defensa de España) has awarded Chemring Technology Solutions a second contract to supply further GroundHunter Advanced Wire Detectors (AWD). The new contract follows a successful product evaluation by the Spanish Ministry of Defence and its Spanish partner Eleycon21.
GroundHunter AWD was selected following an extensive evaluation programme. It can identify the full spectrum of IED wires, from angel wire upwards, operating over the range of wire lengths and depths used by insurgents. This includes the end of command wires, which until now have been impossible to detect.
The system also provides increased assurance in wet ground, or where the IED has been weathered-in and there is no visible ground disturbance, which other detectors are unable to achieve. GroundHunter AWD’s pinpoint accuracy across a wide variety of soil types means that operators are not required to adapt to the evolving terrain, delivering rapid and reliable search support to optimise operation advance times.
Sergeant First Class Burgos, EOD Team Leader, Ministerio de Defensa de España, said: “Of all the equipment we evaluated, GroundHunter AWD was the only one to meet our requirements and exceeded the performance of other systems. Its high levels of detection will give our operators the highest levels of assurance.”
Roger Hopper, Strategic Business Development Manager, at Chemring Technology Solutions, said: “The Spanish Ministry of Defence’s decision to purchase GroundHunter AWD is testament to this unique sensing technology which delivers a new and unrivalled level of assurance when finding command wires.”
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