(Source: NIITEK, Inc.; issued September 9, 2013)
DULLES, Va. --- NIITEK, Inc., a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC, announced today that the Turkish Army has made a purchase of the two-operator Husky Mine Detection System (HMDS) to lead its route clearance patrols and provide minefield clearance capability.
The NIITEK HMDS is a multi-panel high-performance Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system which functions on manned, blast resistant vehicles that provide rapid ability to scope out anti-vehicular landmines and other explosive hazards on main supply routes and additional open areas as needed. This is Turkey’s first acquisition of the HMDS and represents a critical enhancement in the mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection, interrogation, and clearance capabilities for the Turkish military. The NIITEK Ground Penetrating Radar is now in use with the U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Spanish Militaries.
This equipment is a significant leap forward in Turkish Army mine detection capability. Three of the four two-seat variant Husky 2G vehicles sold to Turkey feature the NIITEK Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and the fourth Husky 2G features a robotic arm.
Additionally, the Turkish Army procured two R-VISOR robots mounted on the QinetiQ TALON featuring a NIITEK GPR and Metal Detector. The robots clear footpaths as well as areas not accessible to the much larger HMDS. Delivery was completed August 2013 in Turkey. The contract includes installation, training, and logistics support.
NIITEK, along with its partners Critical Solutions International (CSI), sales lead for the Husky 2G manufactured in South Africa, and IPA Defence, a Turkish based company as the main contractor in this project, representing NIITEK & CSI and QinetiQ North America, received the order in May 2013.
“We have been working closely with IPA and CSI to assist the Turkish Government establish an enhanced route and area clearance capability because of the threats that exist on their southern borders; we look to further support this capacity as it is established across their military.” said Tom Thebes, CSES Acting President. “The NIITEK GPR is a critical component in the war against mines and IEDs and this award represents a significant step in supporting the international Counter-IED mission and the ultimate goal of saving lives.”