Japan is developing a vehicle-mounted system designed to remotely detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along roads in urban and suburban areas.
The Ground Systems Research Center (GSRC) of the Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) unveiled a prototype of what it described as a "high-speed IED detection system" on 6 October in the city of Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, where the GSRC is located.
The system, which was shown mounted on a Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) utility vehicle, uses microwave and millimetre-wave radars coupled with infrared (IR) cameras to detect IEDs ahead of the vehicle: either on the road surface or buried in the ground.
The system gathers data from these sensors to generate a 3D data map pinpointing the location of the detected IEDs, according to the GSRC. Its wide-area detection capabilities enable the operating units to find an IED while remaining outside the device's blast radius, said the GSRC.
An ATLA spokesperson told Jane's that the system underwent prototype development between fiscal year (FY) 2015 and FY 2017, with Japan's NEC Corporation being awarded JPY710 million (USD6.3 million) to conduct research on and develop the prototype.
The ATLA said it is spending about JPY 100 million to conduct tests in the current FY 2018. In late August, the agency requested about JPY200 million for further tests to be carried out in FY 2019.
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