CBRNE & EOD Defence

NNSA, Coast Guard trial nuclear sensing equipment on MH-60

01 July 2013

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the US Coast Guard completed an exercise to validate NNSA sensing equipment on board a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, the agencies announced on 1 July.

Officials said the exercise, based at Air Station Kodiak in Alaska, demonstrated the NNSA's Aerial Measuring System (AMS), which provides specialised airborne radiation detection systems that collect and disseminate real-time measurements of low levels of air and ground contamination.

In a typical operation with the AMS, a fixed-wing aircraft would be deployed with the detection system to determine the location of ground contamination, and helicopters would then perform detailed surveys.

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