Smiths Detection launches handheld chemical warfare agent detector

Smiths Detection recently announced the launch of SABRE 5000, a handheld system used to find trace amounts of chemical warfare agents.

The SABRE 5000 is also capable of detecting and identifying narcotics or toxic industrial chemicals. The system, considered the smallest available, is a tri-mode detector.

"SABRE 5000 is the smallest, most capable tri-mode detector on the market today,” Jim Viscardi, the vice-president of sales at Smiths Detection, said. “Its design was driven by our customers, who played a tremendous role in helping us determine exactly what tool first responders and security professionals needed."

The key feature that distinguishes the SABRE 5000 from its predecessor, the SABRE 4000, is its expanded vapor detection capability, which gives the system the ability to identify a wider range of substances. It also has better throughput and a built-in troubleshooting mechanism.

According to Smiths Detection, the SABRE 5000 will become a key tool in the protection of critical infrastructures around the world, including ports, borders, transportation systems and military bases.

Smiths Detection plans to demonstrate the device at the Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition that will be held in mid-September in London and at ASIS International 2011, which will be held at the end of September in Orlando, Florida.