Army awards contract for chemical threat protection system

Midwest Research Institute has been awarded a $35.5 million delivery order under its contract the U.S. Army to design and install a test system to guard against a wide variety of chemical agent threats.

Through the contract’s 41 month course, MRI will work with the Joint Program Manager for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance PDTESS  -Product Director Test Equipment, Strategy and Support - for the final design of the system, the production of equipment, its installation and materials testing, according to

The test system is scheduled to be installed at the United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. It is expected to be completed in late 2013.

MRI scientists and engineers, with support from five specialized subcontractors, will finalize the system’s design, obtain the proper permits, test the existing materials for compatibility with the chemical threats, and evaluate chemical detection technology that is to be used in the high containment chambers. They will also integrate the design, materials and technology into the test system.

The system is intended to support military personnel by testing strategies in contamination avoidance, individual protection, collective protection and decontamination, reports. It will be prepared to handle a variety of chemical threats.

"MRI is honored to be chosen to lead this important project," MRI Senior Vice President and Director of Research Operations Thomas M. Sack said.  "With more than 50 years of chemical experience with DoD and more than a decade of experience in testing the chemicals this facility is being designed to test, we are proud to assist in ensuring the safety of our homeland and the men and women who defend it."