The US Department of Defense has awarded Smiths Group’s military unit Smiths Detection a contract with a potential total value of US$75m to supply Automatic Chemical Agent Detector Alarm (ACADA) units to the US Army.

The ACADA is an advanced point-sampling, chemical warfare agent detection system that continuously monitors for the presence of nerve agents and blister chemicals using ion mobility spectrometry technology.

The detectors can be mounted in vehicles, deployed remotely or carried by dismounted soldiers.

Smiths Detection will supply its GID-3 chemical detectors in an initial order worth US$10m.

By staff writer