The US military has announced the purchase of over a thousand Minehound VMR2 handheld mine detectors for the Afghan security forces. These four kilogram (8,8 pounds) devices include a metal detector and a georadar. The latter is used to detect non-metallic mines. VMR2 is already in use by US forces, and some of the Afghan demining forces are already familiar with this equipment.
Afghan troops will use VMR2 to search for mines, which the Taliban are using more and more often, as well as roadside bombs and anti-vehicle mines on dirt roads. Many of these bombs and mines do not contain metal.