Army puts sensors on bomb watch in Iraq

The Army has deployed sensor technology from Flight Landata to help soldiers detect roadside bombs before they explode.

Flight Landata's BuckEye combines technologies to generate high-resolution imagery that could make explosive devices easier to detect. The solution includes digital cameras, global positioning system receivers, inertial measurement units and software.

The system is especially well suited for use in unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a company statement.

"When we first deployed the system to Iraq, we weren't sure if it would be tactically relevant to the commanders," said Robert Burkhardt, director of the Army center. "But we were able to produce actionable intelligence within an hour and a half in lieu of the industry standard of three to four days. Soldiers are delighted by the performance of the BuckEye, and commanders have asked for more."


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