U.K. MOD awards biodetection contract to Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection, an international supplier of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threat detection, recently announced that it received an in-service support contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense.

The $28.8 million contract requires Smiths Detection to procure, store and manage biological testing components used in an advanced technology system for the MOD's integrated biological detection systems fleet. Andrew Lee, the managing director of Smiths Detection U.K., said that the latest contract shows the importance of service and support to the overall IBDS program, Army-Technology.com reports.

"Our strong relationship with the MOD has been crucial in building and maintaining the skill base and managing the in-service support program," Lee said, according to Army-Technology.com.

Smith Detection previously provided IBDS support services for two years as part of a $12.2 million contract awarded by the MOD in December 2010.

The IBDS provides commanders with early warnings of CBRN threats in the battlefield. The system is housed in a 14 foot container that can be mounted on a four wheel drive vehicle or ground-dumped. The IBDS features a detection suite with atmospheric sampling equipment, chemical agent detection, cameras for surveillance and a meteorological station. Additional equipment includes NBC filtration and environmental control that can be used in all climate conditions.

The work under the contract is planned to be undertaken during the next two years, Army-Technology.com reports.