ECBC partners with JPEO-CBD for new Field Deployment Hydrolysis System

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency signed an agreement on June 27 with the Joint Program Executive Office of Chemical and Biological Defense for technology transfer.

The agreement was finalized upon completion of the Field Deployment Hydrolysis System. The FDHS is designed to help with the disposal of hazardous chemical materials. It is expected to be rolled out worldwide and fully functional within 10 days of going mobile.

The FDHP is intended not only to dispose of chemical agents, but to convert them into usable, nonhazardous materials with a rate of 99.9 percent efficiency.

"It has been six months to the day that we first conceptualized the design of the FDHS and now we have a functional working model," ECBC's CBARR Business Unit's Director of Operations Tim Blade said. "The funding from DTRA got us started and with the technical efforts of more than 50 ECBC employees that accounted for 13,000 hours of work, we have now transitioned the project from science and technology to advanced development with the transfer to JPEO-CBD."

With the roll out of the FDHS, many stakeholders of the Department of Defense were present to see the unit, watch demonstrations and learn more about its capabilities.