The Radiological Detection System (RDS) is intended to replace the Department of Defense’s legacy Radiation Detection, Indication and Computation (RADIAC) survey meters (PDR-77, MFR Suite and ADM-300).
RDS will provide warfighters with the capability to measure alpha, beta, gamma, neutron and low-energy X-rays. It is the first joint Rad/Nuc detector solution to increase capability and reduce life cycle costs, as well as address Operation TOMODACHI Lessons Learned for common, interoperable equipment with adequate sensitivity and common units of measure.
Additional capabilities beyond that of legacy RADIAC include Net-Readiness, incorporation of Global Positioning System data, and use of both conventional and international system measurement units.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
The RDS will provide warfighters with the capability to measure alpha, beta, gamma, neutron and low-energy X-rays. RDS is much more capable than the PDR-77. RDS has three additional probes that the PDR-77 does not have: beta pancake probe, sensitive gamma probe, and neutron probe. The RDS is much more accurate than the PDR-77 since the RDS has temperature compensation and the PDR-77 does not have. Also the PDR-77 is a standalone system without radio or GPS connectivity and no data logging capability. Hence the users must write everything down and then transmit by voice. The RDS is networked with the radio and military GPS.
- Requirements Basis: Capability Development Document, January 2015
- Performance Specification: Amendment 3, dated 16 March 2017
- Contract Type: Cost Plus Fixed Fee (development)/Fixed Price Incentive (Successive Targets) (Production)
FY16-FY18: Pre-Milestone Full Rate Production (FRP) Decision for Increment 1 (U.S. Army only)
4QFY16: Contract Award
4QFY17: Critical Design Review
1QFY18: Test Article Delivery
1QFY19: FRP for Increment 1 (U.S. Army only)