The U.S. Army has awarded a contract to Strategic Technology Enterprise, Inc. of Mentor, Ohio in support of the General Purpose Decontaminant for Hardened Military Equipment (GPD-HME) effort.
The GPD-HME product will provide thorough decontamination of equipment including tactical vehicles, shipboard surfaces, crew-served weapons and individual weapons.
In May 2014, the Army purchased test articles for evaluation from five different companies. The products were assessed for decontamination capability for equipment exposed to chemical or biological agents.
Testing planned for the Developmental Test (DT) phase of GPD-HME include:
- Accelerated Shelf-Life and Real-Time Shelf-Life Testing
- Biological Efficacy Testing
- Chemical Efficacy Testing
- Fielded Decontaminant and Petroleum, Oils and Lubricants (POL) Compatibility
- Ignitability Testing
- Chemical Biological Radiological Contamination Survivability
- Early User Evaluation
- Individual Protective Equipment Compatibility
- Detector Compatibility
- Material Compatibility and Equipment Degradation
- Water Source Compatibility
- Health Hazard Assessment (HHA)
The contract awarded to Strategic Technology Enterprise is valued at $564,175.
The contracting process for GPD-HME is managed by Natick Contracting Division, on behalf of the Joint Program Manager for Protection (JPM P) and the Decontamination Family of Systems (DFoS) Program.