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Smiths Detection selected by US DoD to develop next gen chemical detector

Posted 14 January 2019 · Add Comment

Smiths Detection (SDI) has been selected by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND)’s Joint Project Manager, Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM-NBC CA), to be one of the suppliers to design and engineer an Aerosol and Vapor Chemical Agent Detector (AVCAD).



AVCAD is the next step in miniaturised chemical detection.

Shan Hood, President of SDI, said: “Smiths Detection has partnered with the Department of Defense to provide more than 91,000 Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) units over the past 14 years, making the programme one of the most effective chemical warfare protection solutions in history.”

Intended as the next generation chemical detector, the AVCAD is designed to detect, identify, alarm and report the presence of traditional and advanced threat vapors and aerosols. Using a wireless remote alarm capability and both mounted and portable configurations, AVCAD will support missions for the US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

SDI is partnered with subcontractor 908 Devices Inc. to use High-Pressure Mass Spectrometry (HPMS) for the AVCAD. Dr. Kevin J. Knopp, President and CEO, 908 Devices said, “We are thrilled to be moving into this phase of the programme and look forward to working closely with Smiths Detection and the JPM-NBC CA to support the AVCAD programme.”

The AVCAD award marks a new milestone for Smiths Detection’s chemical detection technology development and positions its Edgewood, MD facility for manufacturing growth in support of the programme.
 

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