Landmine & IED Detection
FirstGuard provides advanced landmine visualization and recognition capabilities. Our patented signal processing and classification software allows an operator in the field to automatically recognize landmines of known types by comparing their internal structure to a database of landmine models. In addition, for any landmine or buried munition such as an IED, the FGT system can generate a user-controllable 3-D visualization, enabling operator recognition of new threats and rapid rejection of buried clutter objects that might otherwise look like explosive devices.
The benefits of this FGT landmine detection system include much more rapid detection of mines, improved response in the field, and lower risks to personnel clearing landmine fields.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) estimates there now exist over
750 types of landmines, ranging in sophistication from simple
pressure-triggered explosives to more sophisticated devices that use advanced
sensors. Ten years ago DOD
estimated that there were about 127 million landmines buried in 55 countries,
and that figure has likely increase since then. The Landmine Survivors Network estimates there are as many
as 110 million landmines buried worldwide, left from past conflicts.
World Vision estimates that landmines still injure or kill about 15,000 to 20,000 people every year. Most critically, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which are similar to landmines in form and function have proved the greatest threat to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and are rapidly becoming the weapon of choice against U.S. forces and others in troubled areas such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Columbia and Mexico.