VIDISCO reveals unique portable digital X-Ray system for accurate detection of live ammunition in EOD while maintaining safety in the field.
Press Release, Or-Yehuda, 16 March 2023: VIDISCO – provider of innovative portable, accurate and safe X-ray detection solutions for armies, security forces and law enforcement agencies – has revealed the Guardian – an innovative system specifically developed to enable safe detection and neutralisation of various types of ammunition in the field. Recently, elite units in the IDF successfully used the system in the north of Israel, to locate and neutralise Russian ammunition found in the field, while maintaining full protection of the forces.
Used in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) missions, the Guardian provides an accurate, high-resolution image of the exact condition of the ammunition and its contents, from a safe distance of hundreds of meters, with the push of a button. Accurate imaging is enabled even where the ammunition has a thick metal casing, or is located behind a wall or inside a vehicle.
The compact, portable X-Ray system can be deployed and operated even in harsh environments, and all-weather conditions. The Guardian enables the force in the field to manually neutralise the explosive ordnance, without endangering themselves, by doing it in a designated area.
In addition to developing unique filters which enable improved analysis of the ammunition, with an emphasis on the organic substances found within the explosive device itself, VIDISCO has developed a new capability for detecting CNBC ammunition that is comfortable to work with while wearing full protective gear, and capable of continuous operation as there is no need to sanitise the equipment before each use. With an extremely large 21.5″ screen and anti-glare capability, the Guardian provides clear image quality with no reflection even in direct sunlight, and enables independent operation without needing a direct electrical connection.
“In recent years, there have been many changes in the threat landscape and priorities in the global field of bomb disposal,” says Ohad Milo, CEO of VIDISCO. “Conventional threats were overtaken by improvised munitions, dirty bombs, and explosives – mainly due to the rise in activity of various terrorist organisations around the world in general, and the threat of ISIS in particular. Then, more recently, the Russia-Ukraine war changed the landscape again. We are now seeing a return to traditional ammunition with clear characteristics – such as rigid casings with high wall thickness. Therefore, there is a need for technologies capable of penetrating tens of millimetres of steel, but simultaneously able to accurately assess softer technical parts and the presence of chemical substances.
“As a world leader in its field, VIDISCO has developed a unique system that answers this need. With one push of a button, the bomb disposal team receives an accurate analysis and situational picture that penetrates the explosive device’s thick, hard parts and provides a sharp, accurate image of relevant areas of interest. VIDISCO’s systems are currently deployed worldwide and provide a critical tool for bomb squads for mission success in complex events.”