Japan developing vehicle-mounted IED detection system


Japan is developing a vehicle-mounted system designed to remotely detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along roads in urban and suburban areas.

Japan is developing a vehicle-mounted IED detection system for use in urban and suburban areas.Photo by: ATLA
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.