The Canadian Forces ILDS - A Military Fielded, Multi-Sensor, Vehicle-Mounted, Teleoperated Landmine Detection System


  1. McFee, J.E.
  2. Russell, K.L.
  3. Chesney, R.H.
  4. Faust, A.A.
  5. Das, Y.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
The Improved Landmine Detection Sysem (ILDS) is intended to meet Canadian military mine clearance requirements in rear area combat situations and peacekeeping on roads and tracks. The system consist of two teleoperated vehicles and a command vehicle. The teleoperated protection vehicle precedes, clearing antipersonnel mines and magnetic and tilt rod-fuzed antitank mines. It consists of an armoured personnel carrier with a forward looking infrared imager, a finger plow or roller and a magnetic signature duplicator. The teleoperated detection vehicle follows to detect antitank mines. The purpose-built vehicle carries forward looking infrared and visible imagers, a 3m wide, down-looking sensitive electromagnetic induction detector array and a 3m wide down-looking gound probing radar, which scan the ground in front of the vehicle. Sensor information is combined using navigation sensors and custom navigation, registration, spatial correspondence and data fusion algorithms. Suspicious targets are then confirmed by a thermal neutron activation detector. The prototype, designed and built by Defence R&D Canada, was completed in October 1997. General Dynamics Canada delivered four production units, based on the prototype concept and technologies, to the Canadian Forces (CF) in 2002. ILDS was deployed in Afghanistan in 2003, making the system the first military fielded, teleoperated, multi-sensor vehicle-mounted mine detector and the first with a fielded confirmation sensor. Performance
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-SL-2006-062 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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