U.S. Army orders more chemical detectors

July 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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EDGEWOOD,, Md., July 29 (UPI) -- Additional belt-wearable chemical agent detection systems have been ordered by the U.S. Army from Smiths Detection of Maryland.

The follow-on production order under the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint Chemical Agent Detector program is worth about $7 million.

"This order underscores the Department of Defense's continued commitment to one of the largest, most effective chemical warfare protection projects in the world," said Lance Roncalli, Smith Detection's vice president of sales for the Americas. "Recent news coverage of possible chemical weapons use is a reminder about why JCAD is such a critical technology to help safeguard troops around the world."

The detector used by the Army is based on Smiths Detection's line of advanced, light-weight, threat detection devices for warning of dangerous chemicals, including warfare agents. The units detect the presence of substances by testing the air.

Additional system information was not provided by the company, which manufactures its enhanced M4A1 JCADs at its facility in Edgewood, Md.

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