Naval Surface Warfare Center solicits information for chemical identification systems

The Naval Surface Warfare Center requested on March 31 information about commercially available Fourier transform infrared or Raman spectroscopy based handheld chemical identification systems.


System capabilities should include identifying commercial and military explosives, in addition to homemade explosives, according to Global Biodefense.


The identification systems should be able to operate in indoor and outdoor environments.


The NSWC will select an identification system based on a user test. Following the evaluation, a report will be completed and available for the Department of Defense, law enforcement organizations and government agencies, Global Biodefense reports.


The Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams will participate in the trial. They will receive training for the chemical identification systems, and then utilize the chemical identification systems during several real-world threats and scenarios. Immediately following the trial, users will be asked to asses the performance of the equipment during a subjective survey.


During the equipment trials, users will be able to provide feedback to the manufacturers, but manufacturers will not be able to interact with the users, according to Global Biodefense.


The government requested four of each unit to be tested, and at least one representative is required to be on site to provide training for approximately one week during the evaluation, Global Biodefense reports.