Spain selects Husky Mounted Detection System
Critical Solutions International (CSI) has delivered six Husky Mounted Detection Systems (HMDS) to the Spanish Army as part of a contract valued at more than $20 million. The contract was awarded to CSI and its supply chain partners DCD Protected Mobility, NIITEK, and Eleycon 21 of Spain.
The Spanish Army selected the HMDS with ground penetrating radar as its Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection (VMMD) solution. CSI delivered the six Husky vehicle systems as well as spare parts and training support for fielding in 2013. The programme will support Spanish combat engineers as well as NATO soldiers deployed to Afghanistan.
According to CSI 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).
The two-operator Husky MK III landmine and IED detection vehicle was originally developed and delivered to the US 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 analyses the advanced sensor systems and the operational environment.
Mike McCormack, CEO of CSI , said: ‘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. 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 honoured to have been awarded this contract and are looking forward to working with the Government of Spain and the Spanish Army.’
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