Smiths Detection wins $19.25 million US Department of Defense contract for nerve and blister agent detector
Second major DoD contract in nine months for easy-to-use, hand-held chemical warfare agent monitor
Edgewood, MD, 21 March 2007 - Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announced its military unit has been awarded a delivery order for over 4,100 Improved Chemical Agent Monitor (ICAM) units. The contract from the US Department of Defense is valued at $19.25 million and follows a $9.5 million contract for ICAM awarded in June 2006.
ICAM is a highly effective, hand-held device that is battle-proven and reliable. It quickly monitors and confirms nerve and blister agent contamination in personnel, vehicles, equipment and terrain. The ICAM is used both in military applications and by emergency service providers.
Smiths Detection is a world-leading provider of x-ray technology and systems that detect and identify chemicals, biological threats and explosives.
Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: “This follow-on order for ICAM is a further recognition of the technology, quality and reliability built into Smiths Detection chemical agent detectors, which are helping to protect military forces world-wide.
“ICAM clearly meets the DoD’s requirement for a highly advanced hand-held chemical warfare agent monitor that can quickly confirm the presence or absence of contamination by these lethal agents.”
The ICAM is based on the highly successful Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM), developed by Smiths Detection. Over 70,000 CAMs have been deployed world-wide, including to recent conflicts.
About Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection is part of the global technology business Smiths Group. It offers advanced integrated security solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide and is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons, and contraband. Its advanced technology security solutions also include Smiths Heimann x-ray imaging systems, millimeter-wave technology and a specialist software supply business for the management of large sensor and video surveillance networks. Separate business units focus on related products for the life sciences, and food manufacturing industries. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com
About Smiths Group
Smiths is a global technology company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Smiths Group is a world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Its products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group has four divisions: Aerospace, Detection, Medical and Specialty Engineering. It employs 32,000 people and has over 250 major facilities in 50 countries. On 15 January 2007 Smiths Group announced the sale of Smiths Aerospace to GE which remains subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals. For more information visit www.smiths.com
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