Automotive engineering consultancy MIRA (Hall 6, Stand C250) has announced that the British Army is to retain the company’s Project Panama route-proving and clearing system in service until at least 2030. MIRA developed the system to detect improvised explosive devices and it was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Employing the company’s MACE (MIRA Autonomous Control Equipment) technology, the Panama system is based on Snatch Land Rover platforms, breathing new useful life into otherwise redundant vehicles. Controlled remotely, the vehicles carry IED detection equipment on an arm that extends ahead of the vehicle.
Under the extension agreement, MIRA will continue to develop MACE unmanned ground vehicle technology, which allows unmanned ground vehicles to be operated either by manual tele-op or autonomously at ranges of up to 20km. In addition to its Panama work, MIRA is also providing support to the British Army’s Warrior vehicle upgrade programme.