— EROC Husky T/MDV Towing Mine Detecting Vehicle
Husky: a Sled Dog With No Sled By RSD (Rolling Stock Division, DCD-Dorbyl )
The new Expedient Route Opening Capability system will search
for buried IEDs and mines. EROC consists of three vehicle types: the US Cougar and Buffalo carry the
EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team and manipulate any IED or mine, respectively. The South African Husky is the detector vehicle, with "landmine
overpass capability". From its inception, RSD designed the Husky as a mine-detector using its
liftable side arrays. But the Husky was part of RSD's Chubby system (Interim Vehicle-Mounted Mine
Detector in the US) and has been overshadowed by its partner, the Meerkat.
 The Husky was developed by RSD's military division in the '90s for the South African armed
forces. The entire Chubby procession is called the "Meerkat Mobile Mine-Detection System" in
South Africa, showing the importance place on that lighter two-wheel drive Mine Detector Vehicle. However,
a subordinate towing role for the Husky created an alternative MDV with superior cross-country
 The trailers towed by the IVMMDS Husky in its Towing Mine Detection Vehicle (T/MDV) mode fall into three
groups. Most important are the 3 x Mine Detonation Trailers (MDT), dubbed Duisendpoot (Millipede)
for their many heavy wheels, offset for maximum coverage.
 There are two Red-Packs (Spare Wheel Module and Towing Frames) and one Blue-Pack (spare
engine and major maintenance parts).
 The tele-operated MDV uses ground-penetrating radar, infrared cameras, and metal
detectors as on CF ILDS project vehicles. Like the
Husky, the MDV has retractable sensor arms on either side of the cab which are lowered pneumatically for use,
raised / secured when not operational. When configured for mine/IED detection, a Husky can cover a
3-meter wide swath at 35 km/h, averaging about 200km per day.
 This may be what DND had in mind for the Expedient Route Opening Capability system from the outset. Operational
usefulness aside, there would also be training advantages to operating a system closely related to that used by the
US military – training being included in the separate Cougar/Buffalo deal signed with Force Protection Inc and arranged through a
Foreign Military Sale via the US Marine Corps.