Quantum Magnetics has today received an $11.4 million research and development contract from the US Navy Office of Naval Research for the further development of a lightweight, portable mine detection system.
The mine detector is based on quadrupole resonance (QR) technology, which targets explosives molecules. Quantum Magnetics’ R&D is expected to culminate in a lightweight, backpack-mounted landmine detector designed for use by the US Marine Corps.
Quantum began development of landmine detectors using its explosives-detection QR technology in 1997 with an initial three-year $4.6 million award from the US Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Under this latest award, Quantum’s scientists will develop metal detection and ground penetrating radar sensors, integrated with the previously developed QR modules to produce an Advanced Mine Detector (AMD).
Field tests will be conducted at US government test ranges to collect scientific and engineering data, and to measure the system’s performance against the technical requirements of the USMC.