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BAE SYSTEMS solution to detect chemical warfare

28 Oct 2002

BAE Systems latest technological development to aid in combating terrorism and safeguarding the community was showcased at the Land Warfare conference in Brisbane this month.

BAE Systems Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) ChemSentry™ is already in use with the United States Military. The development of this product coincides with the heightened awareness and worldwide push to increase counter-terrorist capabilities.

In Australia, this push has been evidenced by the launch of the Incident Response Regiment (IRR) in September and the new programme JP 2087 Phase 1 that seeks to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with a permanent capability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive incidents. Another project, JP 141 Phase 1A will expand and enhance the ADF's chemical, biological and radiological response capability.

JCAD ChemSentry™ is a contender for both JP 141 and JP 2087 Phase 1. It is the ideal chemical warfare agent or toxic industrial chemical detector for a broad spectrum of applications including:

* Aircraft interior and exterior
* Ground vehicle interior and exterior
* Shipboard
* Fixed site, advanced warning or security network
* Personnel (hand-held or worn)
* Equipment survey

"The US requirement is for more than 257,000 JCAD units to replace all current United States military point chemical detectors, and production is just starting. The timing is therefore perfect for the JP141 and JP2087 programmes. Australia will be able to benefit from United States investment in a state-of-the-art product and a high rate production programme," said Don Wappler, Programme Manager, International Programmes - BAE Systems, IDS Integrated Defense Solutions.

JCAD ChemSentry™ has been extensively tested against chemical agents, toxic industrial chemicals and interferents during more than two years of chemical surety testing. It can also be used in a wide variety of extreme environmental conditions and is light-weight at less than one kilogram.

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