While the IED threat is anticipated to remain a feature of conflicts regardless of location of operations and scale of conflict, resulting in slowing down forces from making rapid progress, IEDs are cheap to make, devastating in effect and becoming ever more sophisticated.
Road or route search is normally conducted before a vehicle or foot patrol passes through. Typically search teams are looking for command wire devices, radio controlled devices, vehicle activated or person activated devices. In these cases, the route as well as nearby properties and infrastructure may need to be searched.
NIC Instruments offer a range of search mirrors and search tool kits for these search procedures.
In addition a drag hook for searching for hidden command wires helps locate command wires that are either hidden in water or have been buried in soft ground.
The ZEUS unmanned ground vehicle (RCV, ROV) is also capable of carrying out search procedures fully remotely, or if a lightweight, quickly deployed dismounted search is necessary the HAWK Search kit offers a perfect solution.
The Light Weight EOD backpack offers not only the same search capability as the HAWK, but in addition the tools to carry out a render safe procedure as well.