Raytheon wins land mine, tunnel detection deal

Raytheon has received a $19 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for development and demonstration of technology to detect and locate buried land mines and tunnels.
In Raytheon’s plan, a laser radar vibration sensor, or ladar vibrometer, would reveal hidden targets by measuring ground-surface vibrations and use electronic instructions for calculation and processing known as algorithms to interpret the information.
The technology demonstrator would integrate the vibrometer with acoustic and seismic sources for field-testing on a moving vehicle.

Nick Uros, vice president for Advanced Concepts and Technology, listed the following examples of advanced technology Raytheon will employ on the Seismic and Acoustic Vibration Imaging program:
— A high-sensitivity ladar vibrometer with multiple parallel channels yielding 600 simultaneous pixels for broad area coverage.
— Initial military use of Raytheon’s Morphable Networked Micro-architecture processor, the world’s first computer whose architecture can adopt different forms depending on the application.
— Advanced algorithms developed for the vibrometer while compensating for vehicle, structural and acoustic vibration.
“We are delighted with the opportunity to build and test the demonstrator,” Uros says.

“This will provide the first capability of real-time acoustic and seismic detection on a mobile platform, with significant improvement in detection stand-off range.”