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NATO supports Ukrainian development of remote mine detection systems

21 Feb, 2024
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NATO supports Ukrainian development of remote mine detection systems

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The NATO program "Science for Peace and Security" will support the MinesEye project to create effective systems for remote detection of mines and unexploded ordnance. Ukrainian developers from the charitable foundation "Progress Foundation" initiated the idea and basic development of the project. Domestic and foreign scientists, mine action operators (MAOs), including experts from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, will participate in the project.

"The development and implementation of innovations in mine action are key to accelerating the clearance of Ukrainian territory. Last year, the Ministry of Economy, together with the Ministry of Defense and State Emergency Service​, organized testing of new technologies under real conditions, and, jointly with the Kyiv School of Economics, launched an acceleration program for demining projects. These projects have demonstrated that domestic developers have many ideas worthy of increased attention. It is important that the achievements of Ukrainian developers are recognized internationally. I am convinced that with the support of our international partners and the participation in the MinesEye project of Ukrainian and foreign scientists, we will have a high-tech, practical, and effective product, which will also be produced in Ukraine," said Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine Igor Bezkaravainyi.

The MinesEye system is designed to detect hidden explosive objects (EOs). During testing, developers conducted over 100 aeromagnetic surveys. Further work on the project will allow for the improvement of technology, expanding its capabilities, and increasing efficiency. In addition to the Progress Foundation, the following will be involved in the project:

• Lukasiewicz ILOT Aviation Institute (Poland), which has experience in remote sensing research, optical methods of detection and recognition of objects on the surface;

• Institute of Geophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, which will focus on improving algorithms for processing magnetic measurement data, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of existing sensor technologies for detecting explosive objects;

• Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), which will contribute to the development of a specialized drone platform for scanning tasks;

• Lviv Polytechnic National University, which will work on creating an unmanned ground vehicle to accelerate the process of identifying explosive objects;

• State Emergency Service of Ukraine, with which the Progress Foundation has signed a memorandum of cooperation to implement a scientific approach to mine search.

Additional Information:

The Progress Foundation charitable fund was established in 2022 in Poland (Wroclaw). The organization aims to coordinate volunteer support for Ukrainian defenders.

The NATO "Science for Peace and Security" program promotes practical cooperation in the field of civil security based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange. The program connects the scientific community with NATO through cooperation in the field of civil science aimed at addressing new security challenges.

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