Researchers advance detection method for explosives


ADELPHI, Md. — Route reconnaissance in support of convoy operations remains a critical function to keep Soldiers safe from roadside explosive hazards, such as improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance and landmines. These hazards continue to threaten operations abroad and continually prove to be an evolving and problematic adversarial tactic.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, continually strives to develop and transition technologies which provide Soldiers with explosive hazard indicators from safe standoff. ARL and other research collaborators were funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, via the Blood Hound Gang Program, which focuses on a system-of-systems approach to standoff explosive hazard detection.

Kelly Sherbondy, program manager at the lab, said the reality is that there is no single sensor solution that will rule them all in regards to different emplacement scenarios and also emphasized the significance of continued collaborative research efforts.

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Source: U.S. Army