U.S. Army looking for new chemical warfare agent detector

The U.S. Army recently announced that it will soon be looking for proposals for the development of a system to detect the presence of chemical warfare agents.

The Contamination Indication/Decontamination Assurance System is meant to aid soldiers by detecting trace levels of chemical warfare agents and visually indicating their exact location on a variety of surfaces, specifically during detailed equipment decontamination operations.

The technology is expected to give soldiers the ability to quickly and accurately map an area of disseminated contamination on equipment and determine if a given area is contaminated. It should also be able to visibly indicate whether decontamination procedures were performed successfully. CIDAS will be used on hardened materials and equipment, including tactical vehicles, shipboard surfaces, crew-served and individual weapons that have been exposed to contamination.

The U.S. Army believes such a device will serve to focus decontamination efforts on localized threats, which will reduce manpower, water requirements, decontaminant requirements and exposure hazards to those performing detailed equipment decontamination operations.

CIDAS must be compatible with the wide range of materiel and facilities used by the U.S. Army in order to avoid degrading its current capabilities and decontamination efficiency.

More than one firm may be awarded contracts as a result of their proposals.