The U.S. Air Force will clear the airfields of mines and improvised explosive devices using laser systems. It is reported that the contract for the delivery of the units has already been concluded.
According to the report, the U.S. Air Force Command has signed a contract with the U.S. company Parsons, which won the tender under the RADBO project. Under the agreement, the company will supply the Air Force with armored vehicles with a laser module that will be used to clear airfields of mines and improvised explosive devices. The cost of the contract was $40 million.
The company explained that the development of this armored vehicle began at the beginning of 2015, in February of the same year were tested the first prototype of the machine, which was considered successful.
The airfield clearance unit itself is based on an armored vehicle with enhanced mine protection type MRAP – Cougar MRAP. The armored vehicle is equipped with a 3 kW laser unit capable of detonating mines at a distance of 300 meters from the vehicle. In addition, the armored vehicle is equipped with a special manipulator, capable of lifting loads weighing 22.6 kg. The armored vehicle is equipped with infrared cameras, control systems and two additional electric generators.
According to available information, the U.S. Air Force Command plans to adopt 13 armored vehicles with laser mine clearance systems.