Joint Service Lightweight NBC Reconnaissance System (JSLNBCRS)
The Joint Services Light Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance System (JSLNBCRS) is a mobile system intended to detect and report nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) hazards on the battlefield. The JSLNBCRS consists of a base vehicle equipped with hand-held and vehicle-mounted NBC detection and identification equipment. The JSLNBCRS detectors are intended to detect, sample, and identify known NBC agents, as well as toxic industrial materials. The communications suite will format and transmit analog and digital NBC reports in accordance with the NBC Warning and Reporting System to provide NBC contamination predictions and warnings to battlefield commanders. The system is capable of marking contaminated areas, using standardized NATO hazard markers. Local meteorological and navigation information is provided by onboard meteorological and global positioning systems. Two base vehicles are planned: the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) for the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps and the Light Armored Vehicle for the Marine Corps.
The JSLNBCRS provides new sensors and information dissemination systems to detect chemical or biological attack at extended standoff ranges and provide warning to affected units. JSLNBCRS will be employed in forward combat areas and integrated into NBC reconnaissance, surveillance, monitoring, and survey plans to support combat operations. It will also be employed in rear areas to monitor main supply routes, logistics bases, airfields, ports, and key command and control centers for NBC hazards.
The JSLNBCRS is a Sentinel program under the Chemical Biological Defense (CBD) Program, with the Under Secretary of
Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics as the Milestone Decision Authority and the Joint Program Executive
Officer for CBD responsible for program management. The Milestone Decision Authority approved a two-phased lowrate
initial production. The first phase consists of six systems, which will undergo first-article testing prior to production
of the second phase of eight systems. These 14 JSLNCBRS systems will support multi-Service operational test and
evaluation (MOT&E) in FY05.
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