The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a two year contract to Smiths Detection for providing in-service support of the integrated biological detection system (IBDS).

The £7.8m ($11.8m) contract involves the procurement, storage and management of components essential to the biological testing process in the advanced technology system.

The IBDS provides early warning of a biological warfare agent attack to battlefield troops and can be readily transported by air or mounted on a vehicle.

The system includes a detection suite with atmospheric sampling equipment, a meteorological station, NBC filtration, and environmental control for use in all climates.

Smiths Detection is the provider of government regulated security systems and provides solutions to protect, detect and respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) threats.