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issue No 12,
EPTEMBER 2018
 
  Published by Dar Assayad Arab Defence Journal
Highlights   المعلوماتية العسكرية تكنولوجيا الدفاع حول العالم العالم العربي تحديث السلاح الافتتاحية رسالة الناشر
CBRN Detection
The contemporary operating environment (COE) continues to witness resurgence in the potential utility of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) weapons with state actors around the World being forced to respond with investment in technology capable of not only detecting threats but also negating their effects.

With such a variety of threats proliferating across the COE, requirement to protect against these most extreme weapon types has never been stronger with, in many cases around the World, armed forces taking the lead in identifying suitable concepts of operation, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as technology types to counter the threat.

With a view to enhancing future capabilities, the US Army published a solicitation on 14th August 2017 aimed at encouraging the development and maturation of technologies in the "critical field of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD)", demanding a joint approach with the assistance of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Threat Reduction and Arms Control (TRAC) and other government entities.

In the area of CBRN, the solicitation calls for the rapid development, demonstration, implementation and transition of prototypes, products and test infrastructure to "deliver capability to the Joint Warfighter in support of combating CBRN threats".

Specific technology examples include the development of a sensor platform capable of detecting, identifying, characterising and tracking CBRN warfare agents and other threat materials.

One company, which has been working in collaboration with the USSOCOM Special Operations Research, Development, & Acquisition Center, Science & Technology Directorate in the area of bio-threat detection since signing a strategic agreement in 2014, is ExcitePCR.

On 30th August 2017, ExcitePCR unveiled the development of the Firefly DX-Potrtable man-portable biological threat detection solution, which has been designed to positively identify threats within 30 minutes.

The FireflyDX-Portable is a standalone, bookbag-sized bio-threat detection system that can be operated by virtually anyone with minimal training yet still produces highly accurate results. In addition, we want our clients and potential partners to understand that we are continuing forward with our development work on a truly handheld pathogen detection system, which is now call the FireflyDX-Handheld, a system is planned to be commercially available in 2019

In March 2017, FLIR Systems was awarded a USD54.2 million deal with the US DoD for the delivery of 50 CBRN Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits, and Outfits (CBRN DR-SKO) systems to the US Army, under the control of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).

FLIR solutions include the Agentase C1 and C2 models, designed to detect trace levels of chemical hazards including chemical warfare agents at levels "...far below those which would affect the human body".

FLIR is also marketing the man-portable Griffin G510 Chemical Identifier solution, designed to rapidly identify chemical hazards in "downrange missions". The solution features an integrated heated sample probe for the identification of vapour-based chemical threats and linear quadrupole mass analyser to identify unknown chemical agents. The device is controlled from a nine inch touchscreen providing an operator with visual and audible confirmation as well as "limited" data interpretation for forward deployed personnel
 
 
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