DRS Technologies receives order for transportable decontamination systems

DRS Technologies has received a $32.4 million order from Natick Contracting Division to provide small scale joint service transportable decontamination systems to combat biological warfare agents.

The decontamination systems are used to support thorough and operational decontamination of non-sensitive military materials and facilities that have been exposed to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare agents.

The JSTDS-SS decontamination system is comprised of an applicator and accessories, uses water from any source and is easily operated by one person. It is a replacement for the M17 Lightweight Decontamination System.

Roger Sexauer, president of DRS Power and Environmental Systems' business group, said that the JSTDS-SS is transportable and capable of being operated in close proximity to combat operations off-road, over virtually any terrain. He said the new units are also more robust, easier to use and more reliable than the M17.

The order is part of a current five year, $84 million IDIQ contract with the Chemical and Biological Defense Joint Program Executive Office. DRS has  now received 30 orders as part of the five year contract. The work will be executed by the company's DRS Environmental Systems business unit with completion expected in December 2011.

“As a preeminent supplier of decontamination systems, we take great pride in our role in protecting joint military forces from CBRN threats,” Sexauer said. “Within America's overall framework for CBRN defense, the JSTDS-SS provides a critical capability for rapid response.”