Japan orders NBC detection systems from Lockheed Martin

The Japan Ministry of Defense has ordered 19 AbleSentry systems from the Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin to provide early warning and detection of potential nuclear, biological or chemical attacks.

The AbleSentry is a system designed for tactical battlefields that can be simply deployed, operated and maintained. It uses a detection algorithm and a network of remote sensors to detect threats and minimize the possibility of false alarms. The networking of the sensors prevents the possibility of a system-wide alarm being caused by one sensor.

"The system's ability to provide information on where the threat is coming from and how fast it's moving gives battlefield commanders the advanced warning they need to make the decisions necessary to keep their troops out of harm's way," Daniel Heller, the vice president of new ventures for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business, said.

The AbleSentry system is the next evolutionary step after the company's Biological Aerosol Warning System and its Enhanced Biological Aerosol Warning System platforms. The new system adds radiological and chemical detection capabilities. Lockheed Martin has delivered 24 BAWS and EBAWS systems to Japan's Ground Self Defense Forces since 2005.

The AbleSentry also monitors temperature, wind direction and speed, humidity and location data, and collects air samples for the identification and confirmation of biological agents.

Japan will use the devices for counter-terrorism efforts.