EDGEWOOD, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Smiths Detection has received a $42 million follow-on production order
from the US Department of the Army for Chemical Biological Protective
Shelters (CBPS) to equip the National Guard.
CBPS systems are mobile medical shelters -- designed to military
specifications -- highly resistant to chemical and biological threats.
They provide a chemical/biological agent free environment in which to
administer healthcare without the need for protective clothing and act
as a safe haven for patients. CBPS systems are manufactured at Smiths
Detection's U.S. headquarters in Edgewood, Maryland.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said: "Advanced manufacturing is a key
part of growing our economy, which is why this win by Edgewood-based
Smiths Detection and its suppliers across Maryland is so important. The
dual-use equipment will enhance the National Guardís ability to protect
our troops abroad and our communities at home, and this initiative is
another step forward for Marylandís economy."
Bob Bohn, Vice President, US Sales, Smiths Detection, said: "CBPS
provides a highly mobile, protected environment for medical care when
the threat of chemical and biological agents are present. It can also
serve a critical function in non-combat situations, such as a natural
disaster or terrorist attack response, where mobile medical services are
Kevin Schmidt, Vice President of Government Relations, Smiths Group,
said: "When our nation's governors deploy the National Guard to natural
disasters and other emergencies, these specialist shelters provide rapid
and secure on-scene medical care."
For more information and technical specifications of CBPS M8E1, please
Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and
identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards,
nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader
worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection
has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners federal and state
government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security
and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of
Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of
Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced
technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more
than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.
Chad Kolton, 571-414-0730
Dana Knox-Gower, 203-207-9726
Communications and Marketing - Americas
Source: Smiths Detection