Defence Research Establishment Suffield Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada
On 14 January, 1993, the Canadian Forces Vice Chief of Defence Staff authorized the development ofthree remotely operated metallic mine detection systems, now nicknamed Jingoss. These were to be deployed with the Canadian contingent serving in Somalia. These units were to fulfil an urgent operational need for the detection and location of metallic anti-tank and anti-personnel land mines. The Jingoss is a remote tele-operated vehicle which tows electromagnetic sensors. The sensors are optimized for the detection of metallic land mines. When a detection is made, the system automatically marks the ground and alerts the operator in the command vehicle which can be up to 5 km away. The electromagnetic signature of the object is displayed on the control station monitor, and the time and location of the detection are automatically recorded. A pan- and-tilt mounted video camera is mounted on the remote vehicle and the video signal is sent back to the operators monitor. The operator controls the motion of the vehicle and the video camera with joystick controls. Defence Research Establishment Suffield was tasked to develop and produce the units and ready them for deployment on a priority basis by 1 May,1993. The systems were based on the integration of two technologies, the Vehicle Mounted OrdnanceDetector and the Ancaeus Command and Control System, which were both under development at DRES. The two fields of ordnance detection and tele-operation of remote vehicles required accelerated development and integration to improve their performance for the mine detection role. The primary objective was to provide mine clearance personnel with a method of detecting mines which was faster and much safer than existing detection methods using hand-held mine detectors. The resulting Jingoss system provides are liable system of detection which greatly improves the safety and productivity of personnel employed in this hazardous work of clearing mines during peacekeeping operations.