NNSA Aerial Measuring System analysis deemed successful

The National Nuclear Security Administration, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation and the U.S. Coast Guard reported on Monday that an exercise to evaluate the NNSA Aerial Measuring System was successful.

The NNSA AMS system is installed on a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. The system detects radiation and is used for finding lost sources, such as specialized industrial devices, or for detecting and responding to radiological incidents, including the 2011 nuclear power plant incident in Japan. The AMS is used by state and local governments for response to radiological or nuclear incidents.

The test exercise was conducted to analyze the equipment's real-time capabilities during a deployment with no advance notice. The evaluation was meant to analyze the potential for the system to support public safety and homeland security in the event that a real chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear emergency were to spontaneously occur.

"The Department of Energy was the lead for the exercise with our full cooperation," Air Station Kodiak Operations Officer Cmdr. Mark Vislay said. "Successful testing and use of this equipment aboard our helicopters increases the capabilities of both agencies and allows for increased readiness throughout the nation."