The Husky vehicle
The ground forces have acquired six units. In the front there is a mine detecting earth penetrating radar. Shown in the image above is a USA "Husky".
The "articulated arm"
"The articulated arm" put on a USA made Buffalo vehicle. The same equipment will be adapted for use on the Spanish RG-31 in Afghanistan.
Rollers on the RG-31
This system can activate undetected explosives without damaging the structure of the vehicle. It usually heads the military patrol caravan.
The Ministry of Defence will reinforce the security of Spanish troops during their main withdrawal from Afghanistan (scheduled for 2013) by providing six new vehicles for the detection of hidden explosives (IEDs) these being the preferred weapons of the afghan insurgency and the main cause of death of the coalition forces ISAF-OTAN (NATO).
At an approximate cost of ten million euros – reliable sources informed ABC – the Ground Forces expect to have, before the end of the year, six "Husky" vehicles, made by the USA firm NIITEK (Non-Intrusive Inspection Technologies).
From Qala i Nao to Heart
The ten million euros will be charged to a special Spanish Government contingency fund intended to pay for its missions abroad, which this year will total 766 million. Included in the price is the logistic support to train the Spanish crews and provide operational support in the field, as was stated by the same source.
Other armies have evaluated the operational performance of the "Husky" in Afghanistan; its outstanding characteristic is that the front panel functions as earth penetrating radar (GPR). The radar detects changes in the electromagnetic properties of the subsoil, which makes it especially useful to detect most bombs the insurgents put in the path of the convoys, these are evermore sophisticated and can be exploded by stepping on a box of matches connected to a gas bottle filled with ammonium nitrate and fuel (true case).
The Spanish military, that must withdraw by land from the most advanced positions of Ludina, Moqur and Magan towards Qala i Nao and on to Heart, from whence they will fly to a port to return to Spain by sea, will have up to four articulated arms each one attached to the RG-31 vehicles in order to locate the IEDs in a safer way. At present the sappers must manually inspect the terrain to locate the explosive threats. T
The US army has these articulated arms on the "Buffalos", these vehicles towards the end of October, participated with the "Husky" and other anti-IED technologies in the "Interdict 2012" field exercise that took place in the campo de San Gregorio (Zaragoza) together with the Spanish army, other countries were present as observers. The Spanish contingent will also have the roller system against mines which can be installed on the RG-31. This is a technology whereby the rollers sets off the charge and absorbs the explosion. The rollers can be replaced without damaging the RG-31 vehicle.
Cameras and manual radars
Lastly, four potent thermal imaging cameras capable of discovering the IEDs and manual detectors with GPR technology, that improves the existing one, are the means at the disposal of the Spaniards during their withdrawal from Afghanistan.
These acquisitions by the Ground Forces "are part of the continuous process to improve the protection of our troops which started with the RG-31 and LMV vehicles"; this was stated by the previously mentioned source.
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