US military completes testing of next-generation chemical detector system


US military personnel have tested a next-generation chemical detector (NGCD) system at Fort Hood, Texas, and in Norfolk, Virginia.

More than 200 soldiers, airmen, and sailors responded to simultaneous mock chemical attacks during the trials.

Personnel from the 181st Hazard Response Company, 2nd Chemical Battalion and 48th Chemical Brigade worked alongside Operational Test Command officers and data collectors based at West Fort Hood.

Operational Test Command operational research analyst Eric Graham said: "We're collecting specific data necessary to inform the programme manager and the services with information on the effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of the NGCD systems.”

The command is responsible for testing and evaluating army, joint and multi-service warfighting systems in realistic operational environments.

"We're collecting specific data necessary to inform the programme manager and the services with information on the effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of the NGCD systems."

The NGCD programme's participants included two damage control teams from Expeditionary Strike Group 2, USS Bataan (LHD 5), Norfolk Naval Station, as well as two air force chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence teams from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.

Operational Test Command Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate member Christine Miller said that systems from three NGCD increments were employed during an early operational assessment.

The testing allowed soldiers to prepare for upcoming training exercises, including a rotation at the National Training Center.


Image: Soldiers set up a thorough decontamination line during operational testing of the NGCD system. Photo: courtesy of Clay Beach, Test and Documentation Team, US Army Operational Test Command Public Affairs.