By By Randy Siniard (AMRDEC Public Affairs)June 28, 2010
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The workforce at the Aviation, Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's Prototype Integration Facility, known globally for its focus and dedication in supporting America's Warfighters, is now engaged in the Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection Husky System Improvements Program that will soon to be deployed to Afghanistan.
The Husky, an integral part of the route clearance patrol team, is designed to detect and identify improvised explosive devices, provide defense capability with the remote weapon station, provide early IED detection with the front-mounted ground penetrating radar, and provide maximum crew protection.
Having signed Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement, Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison, deputy director for Requirements, J8, Joint Staff, recently visited the PIF and discussed ongoing tests of the Husky Two-Seat Variant being conducted at the Center's E3 facility.
"We integrated the NIITEK VISOR ground penetrating radar on two of the 'first off the production line' two-seat Huskys, along with a CROWS-II remote weapon station, integrated SINCGARS, inter-vehicle communication system, and driver's vision enhancement with back-up camera," said Rodney Young, electrical engineer with the PIF.
After testing is complete, Warfighters will soon see the Husky TSV on the battlefield.
"The vehicle is performing very well in testing here at Redstone and Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. We are currently ahead of schedule and plan to field two vehicles to Afghanistan in July for a field operational assessment," said Coogan Preston, PIF project lead.