Next-gen Chemical Detection for UK Armed Forces
In a significant stride towards bolstering the safety and readiness of the UK Armed Forces, Strategic Command’s Capability Directorate, in close collaboration with the British Army and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), is leading the charge in the development of next-generation chemical detection technology.
Furthermore, these advanced chemical sensors are poised to revolutionize the protection of UK forces by identifying and guarding against toxic chemical threats in various forms, including vapors and aerosols.
A Defense Innovation in Line with DSIS Strategy
This groundbreaking project aligns seamlessly with the objectives laid out in the 2021 Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS), which articulates the UK’s ambitious vision of reinvigorating the defense and security sectors, fostering deeper integration with industry, and ensuring the nation’s security interests.
Smiths Detection Awarded £88 Million Contract
UK-based Smiths Detection has been entrusted with a substantial £88 million contract to deliver three state-of-the-art chemical sensor products that will be in the hands of our Armed Forces by 2028:
Wearable Personal Chemical Agent Sensor
This revolutionary wearable device will provide real-time monitoring of nearby threats, offering unparalleled protection for servicemen and women on the front lines.
Survey Chemical Agent Sensor
A versatile mobile tool designed for inspecting hazardous zones or surfaces, this sensor will be an indispensable asset for field operations, ensuring the safety of our troops.
Remote Monitoring Chemical Sensor
For fixed locations requiring sophisticated chemical threat detection capabilities, this cutting-edge sensor promises robust and continuous surveillance.
Unwavering Protection for UK Forces
One of the key advantages of this equipment lies in its ability to undergo continual updates and upgrades. This ensures that the protection it offers to UK forces remains at the forefront of technological advancement, adapting to evolving threats.
Strengthening the Defense Ecosystem
In addition to bolstering the safety of our Armed Forces, the contract awarded to Smiths Detection will play a pivotal role in supporting jobs in Hemel Hempstead and fortifying the broader Defense ecosystem. By championing UK-based suppliers, this initiative promises to strengthen the nation’s defense industrial base.
Strategic Command’s Role in Safeguarding the Nation
Strategic Command continues to play an indispensable role in delivering results for the entirety of the UK Defense apparatus. Ensuring our Armed Forces have the equipment to confront modern threats head-on highlights our commitment to national security and safeguarding our nation’s protectors.
With these cutting-edge chemical detection capabilities, the UK Armed Forces stand better protected and more prepared than ever, reaffirming our commitment to the safety and security of our defenders.