Innovative Spray Technology Enables Faster, More Effective Decontamination
FLIR Systems announced on 30 September that it has won an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Army, valued at up to $35.1 million (€31.8 million) to deliver a new version of the company’s AGENTASE C2 chemical agent disclosure spray to detect sulphur mustard, a highly toxic chemical warfare (CW) agent.
FLIR AGENTASE C2 spray quickly changes colour on a surface if a CW agent is present. With faster and more targeted detection, military decontamination experts can locate trace levels of contamination on surfaces and precisely mitigate the threat.
“Blister agents like sulphur mustard and nerve agents such as VX and SARIN are an ongoing concern to the military,” commented David Ray, President of FLIR’s Government and Defense business unit. “Our AGENTASE C2 spray technology offers unprecedented performance, enabling rapid detection of highly toxic substances while reducing the lifecycle cost of decontamination operations. This new award underscores our strategy to provide mission-critical solutions that help protect personnel on the frontline and save lives.”
The contract will support the Army’s Contamination Indicator/Decontamination Assurance System (CIDAS) programme of record within the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND). Work will be performed at FLIR’s Pittsburgh location.
The IDIQ award consists of a 30-month engineering and manufacturing development phase, followed by an 18-month low-rate initial production phase and a 72-month full-rate production phase. Shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of FY2020.
This is the second award issued to FLIR by JPEO-CBRND to support fielding of the AGENTASE C2 product line to the Joint Services under CIDAS. FLIR is already engaged on a $30 million contract to deliver its disclosure spray formulated for nerve agents such as VX and SARIN. That effort is scheduled to enter full-rate production in first quarter of FY2020.