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This was an intriguing, Rhodesian-designed, mine clearing vehicle fitted with sensors that enabled it to locate, by electronic means, landmines buried in the road. Its equipment was built into a converted Volkswagen Beetle.
Originally used in Zimbabwe in the 1970s, the Pookie earned its stripes in the battle against anti-tank mines, which at one point were being laid on the roads at a rate of 200 a day. While more than 600 people were killed and countless more injured by landmines on the roads and runways in Zimbabwe, prior to its independence, the toll would have been much higher but for the invention of the Pookie, a small detection vehicle, designed to travel ahead of military and civilian convoys and light enough not to detonate anti-tank mines.
Originally posted by TooRisky IED's and Mines are two different animals.....an IED is a command detonated device ie:cell phone, where mines are pretty static and rely on pressure. IED's can be made from any material, but the human triggering is the key here, the "Pookie" would be usless and/or destroyed upon encountering an IDE and could not rely on its light wieght.
During the Vietnam War the original AC-130A Spectre gunships employed the "Pave Mace"/"Black Crow" magnetic anomaly detection system to detect truck ignition coils in vehicles hidden under heavy jungle canopies. The electric field of the truck coil, rather than its magnetic disturbance, was detected, giving another clue to the nature of the MAD sensor.
CSIRO's innovative radar system can probe distances from less than one centimetre to several metres and will pick up both metallic and non-metallic objects.
A ground-penetrating sonar echo locating device uses acoustic energy to locate underground structures...