Reactive Surfaces launches self-decontaminating coating

Reactive Services, an Austin, Texas-based bioengineering company, announced the general availability on Tuesday of WMDtox, the world's first self-decontaminating coating to protect vehicles, uniforms, equipment and firearms.

WMDtox works by neutralizing organophosphorus chemical agents like sarin. The clear coating is specifically formulated to meet existing military standards for Chemical Agent Resistant Coating overcoats.

The U.S. Army currently purchases more than $200 million worth of the 40-year-old CARC coating for its equipment and vehicles. In recent months, the Army decertified all CARC coatings after finding that CARC traps and can expose soldiers to deadly nerve gasses. The older materials may actually leave troops exposed to chemical agents long after the first strike of a chemical attack.

"The last time U.S. forces fought a chemical war was many decades ago, and most of the anti-chemical-warfare technology that is being used by the U.S. military is unproven against today's agents," Steve McDaniel, the chief innovation officer of Reactive Surfaces, said. "We are making WMDtox available today in response to escalations in the Middle East and the very real threat that American soldiers will be confronted with chemical agents in the near future."

WMDtox mitigates the immediate impact of contact with nerve agents and allows for the rapid reclamation of contaminated equipment. Soldiers can prophylactically coat surfaces months in advance that may be exposed to chemicals to increase the likelihood of survival of the individual who may have to touch such surfaces.

"There is an active chemical war ongoing in Syria," McDaniel said. "We must assume that our troops will soon be in a chemical war scenario, and we cannot send our sons and daughters into harm's way without protection."

Reactive Surfaces provides WMDtox to Birdsong Firearms, a premiere Mississippi-based weapons coating company, to use for military personnel and first responders.