The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has awarded a $9.5 million contract modification to Smiths Detection this week for M41A Joint Chemical Agent Detectors (JCADs) and supportive equipment items.
JCAD is a hand-held device that automatically detects, identifies, and alerts operators to the presence of nerve and blister vapors, as well as one blood chemical agent vapor and one toxic industrial chemical vapor.
Operators use JCAD to determine the presence of chemical warfare agent and toxic industrial chemical vapors by:
- Checking personnel for contamination
- Monitoring in and around a stationary vehicle or shelter’s interior and exterior
- Monitoring aircraft while on the ground
The order includes 1,687 each of the JCADS, along with six Platform Interface Kits and 116 Sieve Packs. The estimated completion date of the contract is Sept. 30, 2016.