The VMMD system comprises two Husky Vehicles; one can act as a Mine Detection Vehicle (MDV), while the second can fulfill the role of a Towing/Mine Detection Vehicle (T/MDV) which tows the set of three "Duisendpoot" Mine Detonation Trailers (MDT's). Alternatively, both Husky Vehicles can be operated in tandem as MDVs or T/MDVs.The system comes complete with one set of Spare Wheel Modules, which includes tools and other spare parts grouped together in a kit known as a Redpack.
In a classical route-clearance operation, the MDV sweeps the route ahead of the T/MDV towing the MDTs, traveling between 15 and 50 km/h, depending on the nature of the terrain. Integral Pulse Induction Metal Detectors signal the presence of a landmine (even with low metal content) or IED/EFP as the vehicle drives over its location.
Upon detection of a suspected target, the MDV is reversed to pinpoint and mark the location of the signal. The vehicle then drives forward to clear the way for the mine disposal team to investigate the source of the signal, and to clear the detected landmines or IEDs/EFPs.
The T/MDV-MDT combination, equipped with the same detection and marking equipment as the MDV, follows behind it, and acts as a proofing system. Plastic pressure fused landmines that are unable to be detected by the vehicle's sensors, are exploded by the trailing MDT module, which covers a 3.3 meter path.
In the event that the MDT detonates a landmine, the trailers can be released pneumatically from the cab of the T/MDV, which drives clear of the blast area to allow the back-up crews to check for other devices, and affect repairs to the damaged trailer.
Having an operator in the loop, provides a huge advantage during route clearance operations, as an experienced operator often identifies the location of explosive devices and merely uses the sensors at his disposal to confirm or refute the presence thereof.
At a speed of 50 km/h, the VMMD system is capable of covering a distance of at least 300km in a day. Ongoing improvements to the detection system and developments in shielding Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) have greatly enhanced the nighttime capability of the system, as detection operations can now be carried out while the alternator is running.
RSD (A Division of DCD-DORBYL (Pty) Ltd) a South African company and Critical Solutions International (CSI) a U.S. corporation have been committed partners since the IVMMD System was introduced into the U.S. market in 1994. CSI is responsible for in country training of crews and assembly of as well as in country support and maintenance on the fielded systems. This is accomplished by deploying Field Service Representatives (FSR's) and specialist Trainers with the systems, and ensuring a continuous flow of replacement parts. This approach has proved to be very successful in identifying soldier requirements in the field, which may not have become apparent without the contractor being involved on the front end.
We first announced our intent to form a Joint Venture (JV), at the UXO/Countermine Forum in Las Vegas during July 2006 which provides for the manufacturing of the Program of Record VMMD Systems in the USA. We are pleased to confirm that our JV, Mobility Systems International (MSI) has been established and will commence operations by the end of 2009. MSI is a U.S. owned and controlled entity, ensuring support to VMMD systems acquired under the Program of Record. Through this JV we also intend to expand our product range to include Mine and Ballistic Protected Personnel Carriers.
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