Defence contractor Raytheon develops IED detection devices with Loughborough spin off.

Raytheon, a global defence company working with the UK’s Ministry of Defence, has developed anti-explosive technology in conjunction with Loughborough University spin-off Laser Optical Engineering.

The optical device manufacturer, spun out from Loughborough in 1996, has been working with Raytheon on Soteria, which is a vehicle mounted optical device capable of identifying the size, shape and exact location of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

IEDs are homemade bombs and are widely used by enemy combatants in Afghanistan, often placed along roadsides…

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