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Pearson launches detect and displace capability for scatterable mines

2nd February 2021 - 09:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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New software and hardware for mine detection and clearance is designed to be used together or separately.

Pearson Engineering has released two tools to provide military vehicles with the capability to detect and displace scatterable mines.

Threat-Sense and Threat-Pathway are designed to be used together, or separately, ‘dependent on existing capabilities and requirements from different nations’, UK-based Pearson noted on 1 February.

Threat-Sense uses AI to identify surface-laid threats. The fully passive system simultaneously analyses video streams in real-time from visual and thermal cameras mounted on a vehicle.

Deep learning algorithms developed by Pearson software engineers can detect anti-tank and anti-personnel mines and indicate to operators in varying environmental conditions where threats are present.

By analysing the insights provided by the system, the most viable route out of the threat can be found.

Where no safe route is possible, the plough-like Threat-Pathway (pictured) can be rapidly deployed from under-armour. It weighs about 250kg and can be  carried by any military vehicle, rather than a dedicated engineer variant.

Without impacting vehicle mobility, the new capability allows self-extraction from air-delivered scatterable mines and supports freedom of manoeuvre when a minefield is encountered, according to Pearson.

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