Joint Biological Detection System Increment 2 issues request for proposal

U.S. Army researchers are preparing to initiate the Joint Biological Standoff Detection System Increment 2 program by issuing a request for proposals for its initial phase by the end of this month.

The JBSDS 2 program is intended to develop and mature biological detection prototypes that are capable of providing standoff detection, tracking and discrimination of biological warfare agent clouds, according to

Officials at the Natick Army Contracting Division of the Army Contracting Center in Natick, Massachusetts, will issue the JBSDS 2 request for proposals on behalf of the Project Manager of Biological Defense in Falls Church, Virginia.

The army says that it is expecting to award at least three contracts for the initial phase of JBSDS 2, according to The contracts will be awarded for the development of hardware and software prototypes for standoff biological agent detection systems and some actual testing.

The second phase of the JBSDS 2 program includes a second request for proposals, but also includes an opportunity for full-scale development and low-rate initial production.

Included in the category of biological agents for the purposes of the JBSDS 2 program are any organisms or poisons found in nature that are capable of killing, incapacitating or otherwise impeding an enemy force, reports. Biological weapons are generally characterized by low visibility, high potency, simple delivery and substantial accessibility.