The American Air Force will clear airfields from mines and improvised explosive devices using laser systems. NPlus1 reports with reference to C4ISRNET that the contact for the delivery of the units has already been concluded.
According to the report, the US Air Force command has signed a contract with the American company Parsons, which won the tender under the RADBO project. According to the agreement, the company will supply armored vehicles with a laser module to the Air Force, which will be used to clear airfields from mines and improvised explosive devices. The contract value was $ 40 million.
The company explained that the development of this armored vehicle started at the beginning of 2015, in February of the same year, tests of the first prototype of the vehicle were carried out, which were recognized as successful.
The installation itself for demining airfields was created on the basis of an armored vehicle with increased mine protection of the type MRAP - Cougar MRAP. The armored car is equipped with a 3 kW laser system, capable of detonating mines at a distance of 300 meters from the vehicle. In addition, the armored car is equipped with a special manipulator capable of lifting a weight of 22,6 kg. The armored car is equipped with infrared cameras, control systems and two additional power generators.
According to available information, the US Air Force command plans to adopt 13 armored vehicles with laser demining systems.