Patlon receives $6.6 million for chemical warfare simulator system

Patlon Aircraft & Industries Limited will receive $6.6 million as part of a contract to supply a simulator system to train the Canadian military to use portable chemical detectors.

The Halton Hills, Ontario-based company partnered with Argon Electronics, a Bedfordshire, United Kingdom company, to supply Argon simulators with handheld, fixed-site and personal chemical detectors to the Canadian Armed Forces. The devices will be used during military operations to detect chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals, Ottawa Citizen reports.

Patlon will provide the Canadian military with initial training and in-service support throughout the life of the products.

The simulation system gives the Canadian Armed Forces the ability to train in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way. It will be used mainly at the Canadian Armed Forces Fire and Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Academy at Canadian Forces Base Borden in southern Ontario. It will also be used by military instructors throughout Canada.

The Canadian military is in the process of acquiring chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear sensors and detectors, decontamination systems and protection equipment as part of a procurement program. The goal of the program is to enhance the military's ability to survive and operate in CBRN contaminated environments.

The country is spending $85 million on the Chemical Agent Sensors Project to supply the military with the sensor systems, Ottawa Citizen reports.