Army Orders New Chemical Detection System for Vehicles

The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products approximately $15.7 million
for the first year’s production on a six-year contract for Joint Service
Lightweight Standoff Chemical Agent Detector (JSLSCAD) systems and spare parts. The first phase of this contract is expected to be  completed in June 2010. 
The JSLSCAD is a detection system designed to provide ground vehicles with state-of-the-art remote chemical agent detection. General Dynamics’ technology uses a passive infrared detection system that automatically searches for chemical agent vapor clouds. This is the first chemical detection system with 360-degree coverage for ground vehicles with a detection range of up to 2 kilometers.

When a harmful chemical is detected the system signals a warning
allowing personnel to either avoid contaminated areas or don protective gear.

“General Dynamics’ JSLSCAD provides U.S. armed forces with an effective tool to detect potentially harmful and even fatal chemicals at a safe distance,” said Bill Gural, vice president and general manager of Detection Systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “Our team in Charlotte is proud to provide technology that protects the men and women who protect us.”

Work will be performed at General Dynamics’ Charlotte, NC, detection and protection production facility, which provides industry-leading development, manufacturing and integration of advanced biological and chemical agent detection systems.

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