Final Report Shield ARP Project 12rl – Optical Imaging of Explosive Threats


  1. McFee, J.E.
  2. Faust, A.A.
  3. Das, Y.
  4. Russell, K.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Between 2004 and 2008, fundamental R&D was conducted under Shield Project 12rl, “Optical Imaging of Explosive Threats”, with the objectives of developing and exploiting optical imaging sensors for mine detection systems. The outcomes were to provide the capability to detect minefields from the air, as well as tripwires and off-route mines from the ground. The outputs and deliverables were hyperspectral imagers and optical tripwire detectors for landmine and IED detection and contribution to scientific understanding of optical mine detection technologies. The client sponsors for the project were DLR-7 and J3 Engineering Operations. Humanitarian and military mine detection requirements differ, but because there was a common core of R&D needed, the Canadian Center for Mine Action Technologies (CCMAT) also provided substantial sponsorship. This report describes the objectives and results of the project. The objectives of the project were met. Out of the project’s six milestones, five were completed by project end and one was partially completed. The optical landmine detection conducted under this project has involved leading edge research in a variety of scientific areas, including hyperspectral imaging in the ultraviolet, visible, near, shortwave and thermal infrared bands, broadband thermal infrared imaging, and filament detection. The Explosives Detection Group is considered a leader in landmine detection research. Group members led or participated in a number of interna

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Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-TR-2010-046 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 2010
Number of Pages
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