Army putting new video technology for mine-protected vehicles to the test

Military engineers are testing a new, multifunctional video display (MVD) that promises enhanced visibility and safety for the U.S. Army’s Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV) Type II.

The testing trials are being performed by soldiers of the 509th Engineer Company, 5th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade to determine the accuracy and overall reliability of the new system, an Army release said.

The MVD is linked to onboard systems to provide personnel with the best quality of information needed to stay “buttoned up and safe” from external explosives, the release said.

"The importance of collecting data on the MVD is to verify (its) usability … in an operational context," Maj. Michael Fleischmann, the project’s manager for operational research, data and systems analysis, said in the release. He also described scenarios for daytime and nighttime usage and emphasized the need to ascertain the system’s capabilities in advance of actual combat events.


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