Critical Solutions International (CSI) announced today that the Spanish Army has procured the Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS™) with ground penetrating radar as their Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection (VMMD) solution. This is the first acquisition of the HMDS by Spain and represents a critical enhancement in the mine clearance capability of the Spanish deployed force. Known for its survivability, the Husky combines advanced ground penetrating radar and sensors to detect buried mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s).
CSI has delivered six Husky vehicle systems as well as spare parts and training support for fielding in 2013. The contract was awarded to CSI and its supply chain partners DCD Protected Mobility, a division of DCD (Pty) Ltd., NIITEK, part of the Chemring Group PLC, and Eleycon 21 of Spain. The program is valued at more than $20 million and will support Spanish combat engineers as well as NATO soldiers deployed to Afghanistan.
Two operators. Longer missions. Sophisticated sensors. Prompted by the need for longer mission duration and enhanced detection capability, the two operator Husky MK III landmine and IED detection vehicle was originally developed and delivered to the U.S. Army. The two-operator Husky vehicle is built with the same protection, survivability, and mobility characteristics as the renowned single-operator Husky vehicle. The addition of a second on-board operator allows the Husky driver to focus on vehicle control and situational awareness, while the second operator monitors and analyzes the advanced sensor systems and the operational environment. The U.S. Army recognized this life-saving vehicle design with an Innovation of the Year Award for 2010.
“By choosing the Husky Mounted Detection System, the Spanish Government has made a significant investment in saving lives and enhancing the capability of the Spanish Army,” said Mike McCormack, CEO of CSI. “With two operators, increased mission capability, and the most advanced sensors available today, the Husky platform equipped with NIITEK’s ground penetrating radar provides the essential technology for route clearance and helps protect the lives of service members and civilians who live in combat environments. We are honored to have been awarded this contract and are looking forward to working with the Government of Spain and the Spanish Army.