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Mass. system spots bombs in Iraq

The Pentagon called it “Little Baghdad”–a stretch of road on a US Army proving ground in Yuma, Ariz., designed to look like a highway in Iraq. When it was created in early 2004, the simulation was perfect, right down to 19 simulated explosive devices, one hidden in the carcass of a donkey. The US Army constructed Little Baghdad as a testing site for technologies that could help identify the deadly improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, that have killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the tests were complete, the Army gave top marks to a system from Flight Landata Inc. , a privately held firm in North Andover whose airborne digital camera, mounted in a plane or helicopter, can spot IEDs a thousand feet away. In the Yuma test, it correctly identified 17 of the 19 bombs, including the one in the donkey. Full Story

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