Smiths Detection has received a contract to supply the Swedish armed forces with 1,800 lightweight chemical detectors (LCD) that sample the air for chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

The contract is a follow-on of previous orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for over 400 LCD 3.2E detectors since 2007.

The LCD weighs less than 2lb and can be handheld or worn by troops to detect and identify threats by determining the agent or type, class, concentration and dosage of exposure.

The device also serves as a screening and survey device, and protects soldiers and first responders from chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats.

The detector is also used by UK, US, Canadian, Australian, Danish and Norwegian forces.