Charleston defense company to hold grand opening Friday

The Husky 2G

A Charleston-based supplier of armored military vehicles and mine detectors is holding a grand opening.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford’s schedule shows that he plans to attend the event Friday at Critical Solutions International’s headquarters on Clements Ferry Road near Daniel Island.

Earlier this year, the Berkeley County company said it was awarded a $73.5 million contract to supply vehicle-mounted mine detectors to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense as part of that country’s fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Critical Solutions International will supply the Husky 2G in partnership with South Africa-based DCD Protected Mobility, which makes the two-person vehicles. The Husky 2G is equipped with a movable arm that is used to probe suspected explosive devices.

Patrick Callahan is the CEO of Critical Solutions International, which was formed in 2012.