One of four Army CM novel systems, ASTAMIDS is carried aboard a UAV and detects metallic and low-metallic mines or minefields, on the surface or buried.
ASTAMIDS' airborne package consists of a cylindrical sensor pod with sealed optics, IR detectors and electronics for digital processing.
Down the road, ASTAMIDS planners foresee a datalink to transmit data in real time.
System assessors noted that ASTAMIDS, developed by Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, was the only ACTD airborne reconnaissance system to demonstrate effectiveness in detecting buried landmines.
"Looking at the JCM ACTD in the case of tactical reconnaissance, which is ASTAMIDS and COBRA, we validated that standoff detection was of significant value," says the JCM's Army technical manager, Michael Jennings.
"ASTAMIDS is moving forward by evolving into the Lightweight Airborne Mine Detecting [LAMD] system, which didn't play in the ACT, but is a future program.
ASTAMIDS will search the battlefield for air-scattered surface mines and buried mines, and accurately displays the boundaries of minefields in near real time.
Should either system show promise when testing ends in the summer, consideration will be given to sending ASTAMIDS to Bosnia for further evaluation.