CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 7 (UPI) -- General Dynamics has been contracted by the U.S. Army to provide its Joint Biological Point Detection Systems.
U.S. company General Dynamics said its North Carolina-based Armament and Technical Products unit was awarded the contract from the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center in Maryland.
Under the $34 million deal, General Dynamics will produce, test and provide field support for its JBPDS, a joint service program for the Army, Navy and Air Force. Officials said the JBPDS detects biological-warfare agents, protecting troops during deployments.
"The Joint Biological Point Detection System provides our customers with an advanced level of protection," Bill Gural, General Dynamics vice president of detection systems, said in a statement.
"The system is based on a robust bio-detection instrument suite that is fully functional in any operational environment. The system provides automatic detection and identification of airborne biological agents at very low levels, triggers local and remote warning systems and communicates threat information over standard communication systems."