Accession Number:

ADA458679

Title:

Handheld Metal Detectors: Nicaraguan Field Test Report

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA NIGHT VISION AND ELECTRONICS SENSORS DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

2001-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

This final technical report details the results of a joint project between the United States Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict OASD-SOLIC, the US Army Communications and Electronics Command CECOM Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate NVESD, the Organization of American States OAS Organizacion de los Estados Americanos OEA, the Assistance Mission for Mine Clearance in Central America La Mision de Asistencia para la Remocion de Minas en Centroamerica, MARMINCA, the Program for Demining in Central America el Programa de Apoyo al Desminado de Centroamerica, PADCA, and the Inter-American-Defense Board IADB Junta Interamericana de Defensa, JID. The joint project was an in-country field evaluation of seven commercial off-the-shelf COTS handheld metal detectors. It was the result of an earlier Department of Defense DoD visit to Nicaragua to provide advice and recommendations on demining equipment as part of DoDs Humanitarian Demining Research and Development RD program. The evaluation took place near Panchito, a high-priority minefield on a former Nicaraguan airbase where the magnetic properties of volcanic soil render conventional mine detectors extremely unreliable. The conduct of the field test was greatly enhanced through the assistance of officers from MARMINCA and experienced Nicaraguan deminers.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Land Mine Warfare
  • Magnetic and Electric Field Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE