Smiths Detection has secured new task orders under its existing Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) programme with the US Army.
The $23m production order comes after the Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground exercised an option on the existing contract, and will see the company continue the supply of JCAD systems to the US military.
JCAD is an advanced, easy-to-use, lightweight threat detection device that can be held or strapped to a belt or harness, enabling the user to execute their primary mission without obstruction.
Smiths Detection President Terry Gibson said: "The Department of Defense’s JCAD programme has established itself as one of the most effective chemical warfare protection solutions for US troops in history.
"SDI remains committed to the success of this technology, which is used by weapon inspectors, civil responders and military forces worldwide."
The JCAD systems protect military personnel, police, and hazmat responders by alerting operators when chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals are detected.
Equipped with both audible and visual alarms, as well as a clear, easy-to-read liquid crystal display, the device requires no calibration or complicated routine maintenance, and is supplied with a carrying pouch to enable hands-free operation.
The unit can be integrated with a survey nozzle to help detect residual persistent contamination while in survey mode, and records up to 72 hours of mission data for future analysis.
The JCAD systems are manufactured in the company’s facility at Edgewood, Maryland, which serves as the main US manufacturing site for a range of Smith’s chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defence and explosives detection systems.