Indra has received a framework contract from the European Defence Agency (EDA) to develop new forensic analysis laboratories for analysis of counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED) used in terrorist attacks.
Led by the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the joint deployable exploitation and analysis laboratory (JDEAL) project initially covers the design and supply of a first laboratory for €2.2m and an option to buy a second, which would increase the total contract value to approximately €4m.
Comprised of 13 modular containers, the labs will gather information on techniques, tactics, and procedures used in terrorist attacks.
The labs will primarily be used for onsite collection of samples from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNe) attacks, performing biometric and chemical forensic analyses of traces found, including those of electronic devices that may have been used for their control and activation.
IEDs are claimed to be the leading cause of death in international military operations.
Capable of analysing computer data, the labs will be equipped with an advanced data management system, and may be configured differently, depending on a mission's requirements.
The data management system will allow for the comparison of an attack with earlier incidents and will provide support for planning tasks, generating the corresponding reports, monitoring, and traceability of the custody chain of evidence and samples.
The facility will feature specialised personnel from 12 different nations, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
Indra has already developed a C-IED laboratory under a contract with EDA, which was used by the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan Theatre of Operations, between August 2011 and 2014.
During this period, the laboratory completed more than 300 analyses monthly of devices, and artifacts, as well as materials and traces associated with attacks.
According to the company, the experience accumulated in operations areas has permitted many design improvements in the new laboratories, including greater capacities for the preliminary gathering of high-risk samples, documentary analysis, and chemical and biometric analysis.
Image: Two US soldiers operate two counter-IED detection devices at an undisclosed location. Photo: courtesy of US Army.