The Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) is a pocket-size, rugged handheld detector that automatically detects, identifies and alarms to chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemical vapors.
The services can use the system on mobile platforms, at fixed sites and on individuals designated to operate in a chemical threat area. Additionally, the system can operate in a general chemical warfare environment as well as undergo conventional decontamination procedures by the warfighter.
JCAD M4A1, which commenced production in Fiscal Year 2011, will reduce operation and sustainment costs, has an improved user interface and is net ready.
JCAD replaces the Automatic Chemical Agent Detector and Alarm, or M22, M90 and M8A1 systems. It may also replace the Chemical Agent Monitor and Improved Chemical Agent Monitor.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
JCAD M4A1 protects U.S. forces by detecting, identifying, alerting and reporting the presence of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemical vapor.
- Instant feedback of hazard (mask only or full Mission-Oriented Protective Posture)
- Real-time detection of nerve, blister and blood agents
- Stores up to 72 hours of detection data
- The M4A1 will be net-ready through implementation of the common chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear standard interface
FY16-FY18: Production and Deployment
FY19-FY23: Production and Deployment