US Army fleet of roadside bomb-hunting Dash 8s depart Middle East


The US Army’s fleet of roadside bomb-hunting turboprops has flown its last mission in the Middle East.

The service said on 11 August that the programme known as Saturn Arch flew its final combat mission for US Central Command (CENTCOM) in July.

Under Saturn Arch, heavily modified Dash 8s were outfitted with advanced ground-penetrating sensors, including hyper-spectral and electro-optical/infrared cameras, for the purpose of identifying improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried along routes used by Western ground forces.

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Source: FlightGlobal