• Cristanini have been performing a range of tests on decontaminating a C130J and this has allowed them to announce that each ‘J’ required 20kg of BX40, and that it took two hours to do a complete decontamination.


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  • Smiths announced that it has been awarded multiple contracts for the expansion of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) chemical detection programme - PROTECT. This programme has been running for five years in DC, New York and Boston, and this expansion will see an upgrade of detectors and software.


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  • Singapore and Japan strengthened their bilateral defence ties with the Memorandum of Defence Exchanges that will formalise interaction in an number of new areas including CBRE.


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  • The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that they had destroyed 45% of the chemical weapon stockpile – as required under the CWC – and they felt confident of destroying the rest by 2012. It’s a big hope.


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  • Libya received notification that it had another extension on the time required for them to destroy their 25 tons of sulphur mustard. Construction of the demil site is not believed to have started and this will now take deadline out to 2011.


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  • Romania improved on their already impressive CBRN capability by taking delivery of two NNSA radiological detection vans. The vans, that are equipped with a wide variety of radiological instruments will be operated by the Romanian Border Police at their ports of entry as well as other locations.


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  • Perhaps not an image you’ll see on a shortbread tin, but as well as Gruinard Island and a drum maker dying of inhalational anthrax Scotland is now home to anthrax infected heroin. One has died already, with another two in hospital. All three are heroin users and Police are trying to track down quite how the anthrax got into the drug.

  • Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged bomber of a Detroit plane, will put another nail into the coffin of easy air travel and spell millions of pounds/dollars/euros in improvements in airport security equipment. After attempting to ignite explosives stored in his pants (no sniggering at the back) he managed to set his leg on fire, was over-powered and arrested.

  • Stephen Johnson moves from consultants SCS to Thales. Tim Picciotti moves to become Vice President and General Manager of Military and Emergency Responder Business in Smiths Detection from being their US Military business leader.


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  • The UK seems to be going through soul-searching on the causes of the Iraq war as the Commission engaged to look into the causes of the war gets going. Doctors are concerned that Dr David Kelly, head of microbiology at DSTL, did not commit suicide and that the cuts on his wrist, and the amount of co-proxamol in his blood warrant further investigation.


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