Army requests information on man-portable radiological detection system

The U.S. Army recently issued a request for information from industry on July 23 on its ability to develop and produce a man-portable radiological detection system (MRDS).

The request was made by the joint project manager for radiological and nuclear defense at the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. The information acquired under the request will be used to optimize the Army's MRDS acquisition strategy.

The Department of Defense utilizes specialized units and teams that detect, identify and characterize radiological and nuclear materials during sensitive site assessment missions. Those missions require specialized detection equipment, including the MRDS.

The goal of the MRDS is to provide a networked system that can be transported to and quickly used by CBRN and technical assistance soldiers at radiological hotspots. The systems will be used to produce site pictures of the hotspots and identify priority areas for followup missions.

The data sent from the MRDS network will be used to improve situational awareness at the tactical, operational and strategic levels in realtime.

The request for information is a sources sought notice only. Requests for copies of a solicitation will not receive a response, and the government said it will not reimburse participants with any expenses associated with the notice.

Participants were asked to respond to the request by Sept. 24.