Smiths Detection secures IDIQ contract to manufacture JCAD SLA for DoD

Posted on 26 October, 2020 by Advance 

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) will initiate manufacturing of a Solid Liquid Adapter (SLA) for the Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD), following an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) award, worth potentially $90.8 million over a maximum nine year ordering period, with the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The JCAD Solid Liquid Adapter (SLA) expands capability to detect and identify opioids, explosives and non-traditional warfare agents with currently fielded detectors
Courtesy Smiths Detection

The SLA adds new and expanded detection and identification capabilities to Joint Chemical Agent Detectors (JCAD), one of the DoD’s largest chemical detection programmes in history.

JCAD fitted with an SLA (JCAD SLA) gives the SLA operator the ability to both test for illicit drugs, including opioids such as fentanyl, and detect explosive compounds – without compromising the conventional chemical warfare agent detection capability of the JCAD.

Speaking about the newly developed technology, Smiths Detection Inc. President, Shan Hood, said: “The SLA leverages existing technology, extending both capabilities and the life-cycle of widely deployed detection devices.  It is an example of how Smiths Detection applies innovative technology and digital applications to help customers maximise the investments they make today, while preparing for the future.”

The JCAD is based on SDI’s Lightweight Chemical Detector (LCD) product line of advanced, easy-to-use and lightweight threat detection devices that are hand-held or easily strapped to a belt. The LCD is a cost-effective and reliable solution that protects military personnel, police and HazMat responders by alerting operators to toxic substances and dangerous chemicals detected.