The Spanish Army has acquired Husky Mounted Detection Systems (HMDS) from US contractor Critical Solutions International to support its warfighters on the Afghan frontline.
Critical Solutions International has so far supplied six of these Husky vehicles and states that the delivery programme's value exceeds $20m. For that sum, the Spanish Army is getting a fleet of advanced landmine and IED-detection technologies for use in Afghanistan - an area where mine blasts and other explosions remain the number-one risk to deployed Coalition forces.
There are several different Husky Mounted Detection System models but the Spanish Army's chosen the two-seater Husky 2G version, with enhanced mission endurance. This two-seat arrangement lets one armed forces member focus solely on the driving and navigation roles, while the other controls the vehicle's sensors, looking out for mines and IEDs.
Spanish Husky Mine Detectors
"By choosing the Husky Mounted Detection System, the Spanish Government has made a significant investment in saving lives and enhancing the capability of the Spanish Army", said Critical Solutions International's CEO, Mike McCormack, in a statement on the Spanish Husky mine detectors order.
"With two operators, increased mission capability, and the most advanced sensors available today, the Husky platform equipped with NIITEK's ground penetrating radar provides the essential technology for route clearance and helps protect the lives of service members and civilians who live in combat environments. We are honoured to have been awarded this contract and are looking forward to working with the Government of Spain and the Spanish Army."
Spanish Army Afghan Ops
The Spanish Army has some 1,600 armed forces personnel deployed in Afghanistan at present, including combat troops, engineers, logistics experts and helicopter pilots. Under the terms imposed by the Spanish government, no element of the Spanish Army's Afghan operations can involve direct military action unless it's launched in retaliation.
The Husky 2G is a past winner of the US Army's Innovation of the Year Award. It's fitted with a blast-protected V-shaped hull, features modular components to allow rapid maintenance or repairs on the frontline and is fully interoperable with remote weapons stations, ground-penetrative radar and other systems.