Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded a AUD4.6 million (USD3.5 million) to New South Wales-based company RingIR Pty Ltd to develop a system capable of locating and identifying improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced in a 6 December statement that the system would use a highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the vapours exuded from explosives.
“This technology could be used to determine the location and type of an IED, allowing Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to effectively respond to improvised threats,” said Pyne, pointing out that funding for the development of the capability will come from the Defence Innovation Hub, which was launched last year.
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