Analytic Systems has just received one of its largest contracts to date from Anniston Army Depot for an IED Defeat Program. Analytic Systems is proud to be a part of four separate IED Defeat programs using a number of different COTS and customized products. Analytic Systems has modified its existing military battery charger, the LIAC600-28 used by the Army and USMC in their ITAS weapons System for this anti-IED application.
The U.S. Military has fielded a mine roller technology in Afghanistan since 2008. Improvements have been continually made to the roller technology evolving as the threat evolves. The U.S. Army TARDEC's Mechanical Countermine Team are the engineering lead for the SPARK rollers. The Mechanical Countermine Team has been providing the Warfighter with successful mechanical material solutions since 2007. A new roller system is expected to provide even more protection from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Analytic Systems has worked with Michigan Technological University (MTU) since January 2010 to provide the modified battery charger that powers the system. Geoff Gwaltney, Senior Research Engineer and Jim Thompson, Research Engineer I, Michigan Technological University, Keweenaw Research Center and their team have worked with the prototypes since March 2010. Mr. Gwaltney kindly remarked “I also wanted to point out that this purchase is due largely to the outstanding performance of the LADC (battery charger). Quite frankly, an early failure probably would have cancelled the entire effort”.
Through June 2010, 425 OEF SPARK systems had been fielded and had engaged and protected soldiers an astounding 225 times. This number has continually increased since and is still saving lives today. The new roller called the Self-protection Adaptive Roller Kit II (SPARK II), attaches to the front of vehicles and detonates roadside bombs before they can harm service members riding in the cab. One of the most useful features of the new system is the ability to change distance from the vehicle to the roller; “Which can also be done without having to leave the vehicle,” said Tilford Briscoe, Site Manager for R4 Inc., the company in charge of fielding SPARK II.
Source: Analyitc Systems
Date: Apr 29, 2012