The Meerkat Mine Detection Vehicle (MDV) is part of a larger system called the Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector (VMMD). The VMMD is a mine protected, vehicle mounted mine detection and proofing system which is capable of finding and marking metallic explosive hazards. VMMD consists of two mine detection vehicles and three Mine Detonation Trailers (MDT). Early versions of the VMMD consisted of a Meerkat and a Husky MDV, while more recent procurements consist of two Husky vehicles. The Meerkat may be disappearing from U.S. inventories.
The Meerkat Mine Detection Vehicle (MDV) sweeps out in front of the other modules of the system, traveling at between 20 and 35 km/h for fast sweep and at 10 km/h or slower for slow sweeping. In the event of the vehicle driving over a mine the detection equipment will detect and signal its presence. This signal can be transmitted to other tuned-in radios via a standard radio set. On detecting a suspected mine, the Meerkat MDV can be reversed to establish the position and a marker is laid to identify the approximate position. Thereafter the vehicle is pulled forward to clear the area. The clearing of the detected mines can then be effected by the mine disposal team.
As the Meerkat MDV moves across the ground the Husky MDV-MDT combination follows its tracks at a safe distance. The Husky MDV is equipped with the same detection equipment as the Meerkat MDV and therefore acts as a safety back-up. The purpose of the MDT is to explode mines which have not been detected by electronic means.
Meerkat is produced by Critical Solutions International Inc., Dallas, TX and Pretoria, South Africa.