A Tucson-based company says it has an answer to one of the deadliest threats facing U.S. troops and civilians in Iraq: roadside bombs.
Ionatron Inc. says its remote-controlled "Joint Improvised Explosive Device Neutralizer," or JIN, can cruise along roadways and detect and disable
or detonate bombs planted to ambush passing vehicles.
A military spokesman confirmed that the Defense Department recently shifted $10 million in an Iraq fund to field-test the prototypes.
"IEDs account for over 50 percent of deaths and injuries occurring in Iraq at the present time," said Dick Bridges, spokesman for the Joint
Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Task Force at the Pentagon.
Bridges said the military is looking at Ionatron's device along with other technologies to address the threat, adding that "there are no silver
bullets" to defeat roadside bombs.
"We are pursuing all avenues to find solutions," he said, declining to discuss future contract plans. The Ionatron work is being contracted by the
U.S. Navy in south-central Indiana, Bridges said.
Bridges said he accompanied Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, and other military officials at an April
12 demonstration of the device at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where the device appeared to detonate several simulated bombs. "The JIN is a great
example of what industry can do to help win the war on terrorism," Bridges said.
Dearmin said the prototypes are 95 to 98 percent complete. The JIN II, an armored version, is designed to repel rocket-propelled grenades and
small-arms fire. The armored units cost about $800,000 each, the nonarmored versions somewhat less, Dearmin said.
pretty nifty device, there are thousands of these devices and many more are coming, hang on troops.
of course dont be too dependent on them but
at least it helps them.