Standoff Robotic Explosive Hazard Detection (SREHD) – Neutralization

Case Studies

CRL’s robotic capabilities are broad and deep: perception, positioning, motion and path planning, power, computing, manipulation, and mobility/platform design. Customers partner with us to apply one or more of these capabilities to solve a particular problem; to convert an existing platform into an autonomous system; or to create a custom-designed, mobile robot.

SREHD is a program of record with Program Management Close Combat Systems (PMCCS) to create a system that will support standoff detection of buried and surface threats including mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). SREHD is a semi-autonomous mine and IED detection system.  It has the ability to remotely detect, mark, and ultimately neutralize buried, metallic, and low metallic mines, bulk explosives, and various IED components.  SREHD removes soldiers from the dangerous mission of searching for threats by hand.

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SREHD includes a custom-designed, five degree-of-freedom manipulator arm that swings the AN/PSS-14 Rev6 detection sensor across the width of the lane to be cleared. A CRL-supplied MultiSense S21 stereo camera creates a 3D terrain profile to safeguard the sensor and guide movement of the arm; the operator’s focus is on threat identification and situational awareness while the system manages proper AN/PSS-14 Rev6 operation.

Carnegie Robotics recently started low-rate initial production of systems with the goal of working with Combat Engineers to integrate these robots into route clearance missions. PMCCS is also looking to expand the user pool to additional military MOS that are also involved in landmine and IED mitigation.

SREHD System in use. Approved for public release.

SREHD Capability Summary

  • Standoff Robotic Explosive Hazard Detection (SREHD)
    • Remote operation from tablet OCU
      • Encrypted radio operable mounted in RG31 or dismounted attached to vest
      • Touch-screen tablet OCU displays controls and threat map for precise detection
    • Robot Deployment System (RDS) compatible
      • Able to be deployed from RDS on RG31 without operator departing vehicle
        • *No explosive payload in RDS; payload’s are stored externally on RDS and can be mounted after deploying
    • AN/PSS-14 sensor for threat detection
      • Manipulator arm sweeps standard AN/PSS-14 Rev6 for detection of IEDs and Land Mines
    • Dye indicator marks ground
      • Marks cleared lane edges, targets
      • UV sensitive dye decays over time, allowing the ability to distinguish previously cleared areas
      • IR night additive allows system and soldier to see marks at night
    • Explosive Payloads can be deployed on marked targets or with teleoperation
      • Multi-Array Charge (MAC) for buried threats
      • 2 C4 blocks for surface laid threats or other missions
    • IR illumination for night operations


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