XAP – Counter IED Device

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Robot mounted XAP. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

rada-125x125Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS) has introduced today at the AUSA exhibition a ‘game changing C-IED technology’ that allows threat clearance and remediation teams to reliably and rapidly pre-detonate undetected, suspected or confirmed IEDs from a safe stand-off distance. The operating concept of XAP is to conduct a high energy electrical pulse to the explosive initiator of an IED, thus disabling the device. According to the developer, the system complements conventional C-IED equipment with the ability to perform rapid mitigation, dramatically reducing the find-to-Mitigate timeline from hours to minutes.

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XAP – Counter IED Device. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

The system consists of a proprietary Xap pulse generation unit, driven by a power supply, coupled to an emitter assembly. The system can be scaled to meet different types of threats, implementing various pulse rates, waveforms and energy output. The application can be tailored to route clearing systems, manned, unmanned or portable.

According to XADS, the XAP is superior to the hazardous conventional explosive countermeasures, in that it targets the initiator of the IED itself. This enables the operator to maximize stand-off distance and safely mitigate suspected or confirmed threats by targeting the initiation mechanism regardless of its proximity to the main charge. XAP also have sufficient stand-off range and power to safely detonate linked or daisy-chained devices.