Smiths Detection today announced a $20 million follow-on production order from the U.S. Army under the Department of Defense’s Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) program.
The JCAD is based on Smiths Detection’s Lightweight Chemical Detector (LCD) product line of advanced, easy-to-use and lightweight threat detection devices that are handheld or easily strapped to a belt. The LCD is a cost-effective and reliable solution that protects military personnel, police and hazmat responders by alerting operators if toxic substances and dangerous chemicals are detected.
Tom Brown, Director of Business Development, Smiths Detection, said: “This order underscores the success of the LCD, which is used by weapon inspectors, civil responders and military forces worldwide. Equally so, the JCAD program has established itself as one of the most effective chemical warfare protection solutions for U.S. troops in history.”
The enhanced M4A1 JCAD’s provided to the U.S. military are manufactured in Smiths Detection’s facility at Edgewood, Md. which serves as the main U.S. manufacturing site for X-ray and a range of chemical warfare detection systems.
Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.