Evaluation of the Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. Radar for the Detection of Unexploded Ordnance.
Final rept. Dec 79-80,
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA
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MERADCOM was tasked by USATHAMA to administer and monitor a contract with Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. on the utility of a ground-penetrating radar for the detection of buried unexploded ordnance UXO. This report documents that evaluation. Disposition of military installations known or suspected to be contaminated with UXO has become a matter of increasing concern to the Department of the Army. Reutilization of DA lands previously utilized as impact areas, demolition ranges, and munition burial sites is significantly restricted. In particular, any such lands declared excess to Army needs are precluded from being turned over to productive civil disposition until determined to be free of hazardous UXO contamination. In order to define the scope of work required for cleanup and to plan and support actual UXO recovery and disposal operations, an effective UXO detection and location system must be developed to define the extent of any such UXO contamination i.e., type munitions, quantity, conditions, depth of burial, etc. Final certification of such land as free of UXO contamination could potentially be based on the findings of surveys done with such systems. The GSSI radar was evaluated and in its present form was found to be unsuitable for the task for two reasons 1 it detected only a small portion of the buried targets and 2 there were many more false detections than true detections. Author
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Ammunition and Explosives