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DESCRIPTION

The Joint Biological Tactical Detection System (JBTDS) will be a lightweight, man-portable, battery-operated system that detects the presence of, collects a sample of, and presumptively identifies Biological Warfare Agents (BWA) to provide near real-time detection of biological attacks and hazards in the area of operation. It will have a local alarm and be networked to provide cooperative capability with reduced probability of false alarms. JBTDS will be employed organically at the battalion and lower levels by non-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear personnel in tactical environments across multiple operational locations (e.g., forward operating bases, operationally engaged units, amphibious landing sites, air base operations, etc.).

JBTDS will ultimately support force protection and maximize combat effectiveness by enhancing medical response decision-making. When networked, JBTDS will augment existing biological detection systems to provide a theaterwide, seamless array capability of detection and warning.

BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER

JBTDS provides detection, collection and identification of BWA at very low concentrations.

SPECIFICATIONS

To be determined.

PROGRAM STATUS

2QFY16: Critical Design Review

2QFY16-4QFY17:

  • Developmental Testing
  • Conduct Engineering and Manufacturing Development effort

4QFY17: Operational Assessment (OA)
1QFY18: Milestone C Decision

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

FY19-FY20: Assay shelf life testing, military standard test and Post Corrective Action Period False Alarm
3QFY19: Log Demo
1QFY20: OA Milestone Post OA

Contractors

  • Chemring Detection Systems (Charlotte, NC)