• Announced on July 30th, the MOD awarded a contract for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Remote Controlled Vehicles (EOD RCV) and support to Harris under Project STARTER. Under the contract Harris will be providing the MOD with their T7™ Multi-Mission Robotic System. The contract is for 10 years and valued at £55.3m.

    The T7 Multi-Mission Robotic System was developed by Harris to support the demanding requirements of commercial and military missions, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) cleanup, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and special weapons and tactics (SWAT) missions. The T7 robot system has the strength and dexterity to tackle any challenge. Its rugged, automotive-grade track system provides outstanding mobility and maneuverability. A variety of attachments enable use of standard-issue sensors, disruptors, and tools, supporting a wide range of commercial and military missions, including HAZMAT and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) defeat. In the configuration shown, T7 includes a pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) camera mast, high power multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) radios.

  • FLIR Systems has received a delivery order for FLIR identiFINDER® R300 spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (SPRDs). The delivery order is under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for the Human Portable Tripwire (HPT) program. The order is valued at $10.595 million, with deliveries extending through the third quarter of 2018.

  • The CDC says it has “quarantined” some of its own stock-piled equipment following a 60 Minutes report that questioned whether the gear, recommended for protection against the Ebola virus, was defective.

    The story by 60 Minutes quoted former employees and internal company documents regarding MICROCOOL surgical gowns made by Halyard Health (formerly a division of Kimberly-Clark).  The investigation first aired in May 2016 and was re-broadcast on Sunday August 27th 2017. 

    Based on documents obtained under the FOI Act, 60 Minutes reported that MICROCOOL gowns were part of the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) which is maintained by the CDC.

  • Three counter-terrorism sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the militants had hoped to transform low-grade radioactive Thorium 232 (Th-232) into deadly Uranium 233 (U-233).
    The plot was foiled when police raided homes and arrested five suspects in Bandung, West Java, last week.

    The highly radioactive uranium would be combined with the powerful home-made explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) to create a “nuclear bomb”, according to an instruction manual used by the militants and reviewed by Reuters.

    The plot comes as Indonesia grapples with an influx of militants deported from other countries and the fallout from the Islamic State-led siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi that regional leaders and analysts worry has energized militants across Southeast Asia

    A spokesman for Indonesia’s national police, Inspector General Setyo Wasisto, declined to confirm or deny the plot to construct the device, but said it would have been more potent than the two bombs made from TATP that killed three police in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta in May.

    “If this bomb was finished, it would have had a more destructive impact than the bomb made from ’Mother of Satan’,” he said, using the nickname for TATP.

  • DARPA’s Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program focuses on the challenge of increasing concern to the U.S. military: countering the proliferation of small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs).
    These systems, which include fixed, or rotary-wing aircraft and have numerous advantages such as portability, low cost, commercial availability, and easy upgradeability, pose a fast-evolving array of dangers for U.S. ground and maritime convoys.

    Countering these threats in real time requires a range of technology advances to enable rapid detection, identification, tracking, and neutralization of adversary sUASs—all while mitigating collateral damage.

    To expedite the development of counter-sUAS capabilities DARPA recently awarded Phase 1 agreements for MFP to three teams, Dynetics, Saab Defense and Security, and SRC.

  • The Ministry of Defense has extended their contract with Saab for the provision of Tactical Engagement Simulation as a fully managed service.
    The three-year extension, with its managed service provision, is worth about $26 million, and enables Saab to deliver infrastructure, instrumentation and support personnel as a package.

    Saab’s Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation system is used by the British Army to support overseas training exercises. It simulates the effects of direct and indirect fire and tracks individual troops and vehicles. It also collects data in real time for after-action review.

    “Since 2009, our technical and exercise training support staff have effectively been embedded within the British Army, supporting up to seven exercises per year,” Åsa Thegstrom, head of Saab’s Training & Simulation business unit, said in a press release. ” Saab sees this contract extension as recognition of the strong working relationship we have developed with the British Army and the MOD.”

  • A Singapore government agency has upgraded seventeen X-ray scanners to Astrophysics, Inc. equipment at multiple checkpoints within the city.
    The new systems will replace and upgrade aging machines and help the agency detect prohibited materials, including cigarettes and drugs.
    The agency acquired sixteen XIS-6545DVS and one XIS-6545DVS equipped with a mobility kit.
    The X-ray scanners’ dual-view technology provides operators with two images, giving them better detection capabilities to uncover hidden and illegal contraband the government is searching for.
    Astrophysics, Inc. CEO Francois Zayek commented: “I am delighted to partner with the Singapore [government] to upgrade security equipment at facilities throughout the country. Our XIS-6545 DVS is the ideal machine for their important mission to detect hidden contraband.”

  • Endeavor Robotics, the U.S.-based, leading ground robotics company has received an order for 32 of the battle-proven Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) equipped with the Endeavor Robotics uPoint Multi-Robot Control System.
    The Endeavor Robotics SUGV has been in service across the United States Armed Forces since 2009, providing dismounted operations with a back-packable, easily deployable, rugged less than 20 lb robot.  To date over 1,000 SUGVs have been fielded worldwide to domestic and international defense, law enforcement, and industrial customers.

  • Argon Electronics has released the latest news and updates in this month’s edition of their newsletter. In this edition find out how PlumeSIM provides Steel Beasts Pro Virtual Reality system with CBRN / HazMat capability; learn about the ADM300A V1B-SIM Radiation Training Simulator; find out how radiation safety training is being revolutionized in the UK; and read about the key outcomes of effective CBRN and HazMat training. For more information you can head over to their website www.argonelectronics.com or follow the direct links on the next page….

  • A new flyer is available to view for our FREE upcoming CBRNe South America event being held in Buenos Aires on March 7th 2018. See the program section at www.cbrneworld.com/southamerica2018

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