Defense Dept. orders more chem detectors

May 24, 2011 at 6:52 AM
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EDGEWOOD, Md., May 24 (UPI) -- A threat detection systems manufacturer in Maryland has received a $30 million order from the U.S. Department of Defense for advanced chemical agent detectors.

Smiths Detection, part of Britain's Smiths Group, said the latest order for Defense Department's Joint Chemical Agent Detector Program is worth $30 million and takes to total of awards under the program to more than $350 million.

"This award for enhanced JCAD systems underscores Smiths Detection's continued global leadership in the development of chemical detection technologies," said Tim Picciotti, vice president, Global Programs and U.S. country head for Smiths Detection.

"It's also a well-deserved win for our outstanding American manufacturing team and the work they are doing to continually enhance our technologies to better support and protect U.S. troops."

Smith Detection said deliveries of its enhanced M4A1 JCADs, began last month.

The M4A1 JCAD is based on Smiths Detection's LCD 3.3, an advanced, detect-to-warn device that protects troops or emergency responders by sampling the air for chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. Weighing less than 2 pounds, it can be worn or carried by troops without obstructing their primary duties.

The company said the new order represents the Defense Department's first significant order based on the new LCD 3.3. Previous awards were based on its predecessor, the LCD 3.2e.

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