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JIDA Aims to Detect Suicide Bombers Through New System

research and development RDThe Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency has funded the development of a platform that works to detect improvised explosive devices, the Army website reported Sunday.

C. Todd Lopez writes the Standoff Suicide Bomb Detection System consists of a terahertz imager and long-wave and mid-wave infrared imaging sensors to screen individuals for IEDs.

“We use a multitude of different sensing modalities, because there isn’t a single silver bullet, single sensor that works all the time in all places,” an engineer from the Communications Electronics Research Development and Engineering Command said in the report.

A team of soldiers stayed for 18 months in Afghanistan to test the capability of SSBDS to detect whether personnel that enter the military base carry IEDs.

The engineer told the website he expects work on the bomb detection tool to focus on portability as well as integration of additional sensors.

The Defense Department renamed the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization as JIDA in July in an effort to reflect the group’s mission against improvised threats.

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