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Division S of the Foerster Group in Reutlingen, Germany, develops mine detection systems. One of them is the MINEX Array 4.600. This detector can be mounted on the front, rear or side of a vehicle. There are several probe coils, which come in various design patterns. Inside the vehicle, the drier or other occupants can follow the search results online on a laptop computer using a multichannel receiver and evaluation software. Different colored markings on a graph depict the position of detected metals.

Another detector designed for vehicle use is the MULTICAT 4.850. This attachable system uses a global positioning system (GPS) to help excavate or mark out routes when recultivating areas with unexploded mines. If GPS is not available, foam markers are used.

If it is not possible to trace a minefield by vehicle due to environmental conditions--such as flooding--individual, handheld units can be used. The MINEX 2FD 4.500 is lightweight and designed to stop interference due to soil conditions with microprocessor-controlled selection.

Foerster also has developed a device, the FEREX 4.032, for the detection of ammunition that is unexploded or that has been stored in containers and buried. The site can be inspected horizontally by checking surfaces using GPS, or vertically by sinking probes into bore-holes.
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Title Annotation:mine detectors from Foerster Group
Author:Baker, A. Duffy
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Jun 1, 2001
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