Smiths Detection has received a $42 million follow-on production order from the U.S. Department of the Army for Chemical Biological Protective Shelters (CBPS) to equip the National Guard.
CBPS systems are mobile medical shelters — designed to military specifications — highly resistant to chemical and biological threats. They provide a chemical/biological agent free environment in which to administer healthcare without the need for protective clothing and act as a safe haven for patients. CBPS systems are manufactured at Smiths Detection’s U.S. headquarters in Edgewood, Maryland.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said: “Advanced manufacturing is a key part of growing our economy, which is why this win by Edgewood-based Smiths Detection and its suppliers across Maryland is so important. The dual-use equipment will enhance the National Guard’s ability to protect our troops abroad and our communities at home, and this initiative is another step forward for Maryland’s economy.”
Bob Bohn, Vice President, U.S. Sales, Smiths Detection, said: “CBPS provides a highly mobile, protected environment for medical care when the threat of chemical and biological agents are present. It can also serve a critical function in non-combat situations, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack response, where mobile medical services are vital.”
Kevin Schmidt, Vice President of Government Relations, Smiths Group, said: “When our nation’s governors deploy the National Guard to natural disasters and other emergencies, these specialist shelters provide rapid and secure on-scene medical care.”
For more information and technical specifications of the CBPS M8E1, please visit: http://www.smithsdetection.com/index.php/en/products-solutions/integrated-systems/63-integrated-systems/cbps-m8e1.
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.