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Kromek participates in large-scale US CBRN exercise

2nd July 2021 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

The exercises demonstrated the importance of radiation detectors that operate with speed and sensitivity of detection.

British developer of radiation detectors Kromek demonstrated its solutions at the multi-agency Patriot 21 training exercise in the US in June.

Held over three days from 15-17 June at the Volk Field Air National Guard base in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, Patriot 21 involved CBRN specialists from across the Air National Guard, US Air Force, US Army and FBI.

Kromek deployed D3S ID Radioisotope Identification Device (RIID) devices to support the exercise.

In a statement, Kromek said its D3S ID detector, which is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) SIGMA system, was put to the test in a variety of scenarios.

‘The exercises demonstrated the importance of RIIDs that operate with speed and sensitivity of detection, provide accurate identification of radioactive material and have autonomous or semi-autonomous reach-back detection and analytical capabilities all to lessen the time operators are directly exposed to radiological hazards,’ the 1 July statement said.

‘Other conclusions from Patriot were that the CBRN specialists need detectors with high levels of endurance in extreme climates, and which are operable, often one-handed, by a user in full PPE.’

John Filby, from Kromek’s Pennsylvania office, who attended Patriot 21, said that at the exercise debrief participants provided positive feedback about Kromek’s D3S RIID’s ‘speed, accuracy, connectivity and endurance’.

‘In one instance, a D3S ID which was idling in snooze mode in an operator’s pocket correctly identified a radiological source before the RIID and survey meter that was actually being tested,’ Filby said.

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