The US Air Force has awarded a prime contract to Lattice Government Services to develop a system for detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Under the contract, the company will develop a software / hardware interface to combine the data received from heterogeneous sensors and a detection engine.

The combined data will help enhance situational awareness and develop countermeasures to defeat IEDs.

Lattice CEO Paul Burgess said that about 40% of US and coalition deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan have been associated with IEDs.

The contract will help prepare and modernise the armed forces to detect and defeat the ongoing threat of IEDs.