Improved Landmine Detection Capability (ILDC): Systematic approach to the detection of buried mines using passive IR imaging


  1. Simard, J-R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
In order to reduce the serious problem associated with the mining of important supply/communication roads by hostile parties during peace keeping operations, the Canadian Department of National Defence has recently begun the development of a multi-sensor teleoperated mine detection vehicle, the Improved Land-Mine Detection Capability (ILDC). One sensor identified as a serious candidate for that project is a passive IR camera. In the past, many organizations have assessed the efficiency of this technique of detection and reported widely fluctuating results. It is believed that the main reason for these fluctuations is associated with the ad hoc interpretations used by different researchers. In this paepr, a more systematic analysis is presented which takes into account variables such as time of the day, time of the year, weather conditions, type of road and many others. A working model is proposed in order to facilitate the prediction of the IR signature of the buried land-mines and is compared with data acquired from multiple trials. These trials were done with live mines (without fuzes) and surrogates buried in different types of road (packed gravel and sand) and during different times of the day and different times of the year.
Nonmetallic mines;Improved Landmine Detection Project;Long wavelengths;Low metal mines;Image enhancement;LWIR (Long wavelength infrared);Low-metal mines
Report Number
DRES-SL-2000-0148 —
Date of publication
10 Oct 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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