IDEX 2015

Early warning [IDX15D3]

25 February 2015

Given the very serious danger posed by a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attack to civilian populations and the military alike, it is imperative to have early warning in an effort to contain or limit the threat. Sweden-based Saab (Stand 01-A17) offers an innovative range of integrated CBRN solutions.

With extensive experience and by developing new ideas to meet customer needs, Saab can supply the tools to detect, identify and dispose of threats, train and provide the necessary support. According to Nils-Erik Lindblom, director of marketing and sales, Saab’s CBRN automatic warning and reporting (AWR) system provides a consolidated threat picture. “Being able to detect, identify, monitor, warn and report, the AWR limits the need for specialist CBRN personnel to be deployed on a large scale throughout the operational forces.

It therefore reduces training and management costs,” he stated.

Based on an open architecture, the AWR allows users to include sensors from other manufacturers and to change sensor configuration as the threat scenario develops over time. Its competitive advantage lies in the fact that it can be installed in headquarters, vehicles and even handheld computers.

“How it works, is that a network of sensors, mounted on vehicles or vessels and at stationary locations, links up to the CBRN headquarters management system,” Lindblom explained. “In addition, we can deploy a reconnaissance vehicle carrying CBRN specialists and completely fitted with advanced detection, identification and sampling equipment. Using secure data transmission and mission control software, early warnings can be issued to allow appropriate reactive measures to be taken.”

Saab has invested significantly in developing a full range of solutions.

Its CBRN reconnaissance vehicle is a complete first-responder unit, capable of performing point or stand-off detection, forensic sampling, identification and safe transportation of the suspect substances and agents. Besides carrying protective clothing and masks, it is internally over-pressured with CBRN filter and decontamination equipment.

Thanks to Saab’s intensive research jointly with the Swedish Defence Research Agency, the company also offers a realistic simulation package for training. The simulations show CBRN dispersions, including spill locations, dispersion strengths, weather conditions such as wind or rain, and the positions of sensors, vehicles and personnel. This simulation training not only reduces cost, but is also scalable to match client needs.

“Saab’s commitment goes further, and includes decontamination solutions, individual and collective protection solutions and importantly, air crew protection,” Lindblom concluded.

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