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Chemring Technology Solutions has been awarded a second contract by the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply its GroundHunter advanced wire detectors (AWD), following an extensive evaluation programme.

The GroundHunter AWD accurately detects the full spectrum of wires for improvised explosive devices (IED), from angel wire upwards and operates over the range of wire lengths and depths commonly used by insurgents. This includes the end of command wires, which until now have been impossible to detect.

The system also provides increased assurance in wet ground, or when the IED has been weathered-in and there is no visible ground disturbance, which other detectors are unable to achieve. GroundHunter AWD’s pinpoint accuracy across a wide variety of soil types means that operators are not required to adapt to the evolving terrain, thus delivering rapid and reliable search support to optimise operation advance times.

A highly intuitive system, GroundHunter AWD requires minimal training and auto calibrates in under ten seconds. It requires no further calibration when ground compositions vary, enabling search teams to respond quickly to changing scenarios. It is interoperable with the majority of in-service equipment, minimising equipment inventory, soldier burden and cost. GroundHunter AWD’s combination of extremely low false alarm rates and EMC compatibility with other equipment, including communications and jamming systems, minimises interference and maintains a high degree of detection reliability.
“Of all the equipment we evaluated, GroundHunter AWD was the only one to meet our requirements and exceeded the performance of other systems. Its high levels of detection will give our operators the highest levels of assurance,” explained the Spanish MoD’s EOD Team Leader, Sergeant First Class Burgos.
“Chemring Technology Solutions’ proven pedigree of developing exceptional sensors and systems has enabled us to create GroundHunter AWD. It is easy to use, easy to train, easy to carry and is the most effective wire detector in all the competitive trials. The Spanish Ministry of Defence’s decision to purchase GroundHunter AWD is testament to this unique sensing technology which delivers a new and unrivalled level of assurance when finding command wires,” added the company’s Strategic Business Development Manager, Roger Hopper.

The GroundHunter advanced wire detector was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Defence for counter-IED missions after an extensive evaluation. (Photo: Chemring Technology Solutions)

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