Smiths Detection signs contract with U.K. Ministry of Defense for bioconsumables

Smiths Detection recently announced that it has signed a $29 million contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defense for the delivery of bioconsumables.

The two-year contract stipulates that Smiths Detection must procure, store and manage components essential to the biological testing processes of the ministry's fleet of Integrated Biological Detection Systems. Smiths designed the IBDS in conjunction with the Defense Science and Technology Industry at Porton Down.

"This is the latest in a series of major bio-consumables orders from the MoD, underlining the importance of service and support to the overall IBDS program," Smiths Managing Director Andrew Lee said. "Our strong relationship with the MoD has been crucial in building and maintaining the skill base and managing the in-service support program. It also helps secure jobs in our UK manufacturing plant in Watford, Herts, which employs some 260 people."

Smiths Detection offers a variety of civil and military geared products capable of identifying chemical, biological and explosive agents. The company employs 23,000 people in more than 50 countries. Smiths recently signed a $29 million contract with the Italian Customs Agency to supply high-energy X-ray cargo scanners to deploy at six international ports, including Naples, Genoa and Bari. The HCVG inspection system can detect contraband, weapons and illegal narcotics.