Smiths Detection increases Army's supply of CBRN detectors

Smiths Detection announced recently that it intends to expand its Edgewood, Maryland, facility in order to help supply the U.S. Army with chemical agent detectors and advanced X-ray scanners.

The expansion will facilitate the production of the company's Joint Chemical Agent Detector and aid the company in meeting the demand for its advanced X-ray checkpoint scanners.

JCAD is an advanced, detect-to-warn device that samples air quality to determine the presence of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. The company's x-ray scanner is capable of capturing multiple views of carry-on baggage in the same amount of time as a traditional single view system.

“We are committed to manufacturing our best-in-class security solutions in the U.S.,” Cherif Rizkalla, president of security and inspection for the company, said. “This expansion will help meet the growing demand by leveraging the employee expertise and state-of-the-art facilities at Edgewood.”

Officials with the company said that serial production has now started at the site. The 15,000-square-foot expansion brings the facility to 145,000 square feet, making it the largest government-certified site in the United States. Over the last two years, the site's workforce has grown by more than 40 percent.

“While continuing as a center of excellence for chemical and biological detection, Edgewood will now take on the same role for advanced X-ray systems that are protecting people, airports and critical infrastructures worldwide,” Tim Picciotti, vice president of the company’s military and emergency responders division said.