Smiths Detection announced recently that its Military unit has been awarded a $27.3 million Automatic Chemical Agent Detector Alarm (ACADA) contract from the Department of Defense. The contract has a ceiling of $74 million over the next five years.
Smiths Detection is supplying the military with GID-3 chemical agent detectors for the ACADA program. According to Smiths, the ACADA is an advanced point-sampling, chemical warfare agent detection system that continuously monitors for the presence of nerve agents and blister chemicals using IMS (Ion Mobility Spectrometry) technology. It provides early warning of chemical attacks and can be remotely deployed, vehicle mounted or carried by soldiers.
“Through Smiths Detection’s engineering, we have developed a sophisticated product that fills a critical need in troop protection, and has been proven under the most extreme conditions” said Tim Picciotti, Vice President and General Manager, Smiths Detection Military.
“Approximately 1000 units have been funded by Congress specifically for use by the US Army National Guard to reduce the critical equipment shortage facing the troops,” he added.