RAN Tests hyperspectral payload for mine countermeasures

Australia reports promising results in early hyperspectral trials for mine countermeasures – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • Australia has been conducting trials to understand if hyperspectral imaging technology can be adopted for shallow mine-countermeasures (MCM) operations and initial results are promising, said the country’s Department of Defence
  • Early trials began in 2018 from Jervis Bay, and these involved a ScanEagle UAV that was fitted with a hyperspectral imaging sensor from Headwall Photonics that was fitted into the airframe’s rear payload bay
  • The trials were supported by the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) 822X Squadron
  • Hyperspectral imaging is a technique that examines a wider spectrum of light beyond the visible primary colours. Light in the hyperspectral bands behaves differently when striking and reflecting from different materials. As such, an analysis of these bands could reveal objects that may not be immediately visible to the naked eye, including concealed equipment under camouflage nettings
  • The trials with the ScanEagle were conducted for about a year, and there have been no further test flights since then. But the service is confident that further trials with the ScanEagle is impending

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