On 1 October FLIR Systems announced the award from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) in support of the Multi-Phase Chemical Agent Detector (MPCAD) programme. The Other Transaction Authority Agreement (OTA) is valued at U$28.7 million, with execution extending through mid- 2022.

A modified version of the FLIR GRIFFIN G510 will form the basis of FLIR’s MPCAD solution. The GRIFFIN G510 is a portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) system currently used by domestic and international response teams to perform real-time chemical threat confirmation in the field. This development will provide the ability to identify chemicals at low levels in aerosol, gas, liquid and solid phases of matter. It will provide the soldier with field confirmation capabilities and better enable the Joint Forces to combat and interdict chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

“We are proud to be selected as part of the US military’s critical next generation chemical sensing programme,” said James Cannon, Chief Executive Officer at FLIR. “This award enables our team to further fulfill its mission to protect the lives and livelihoods of our soldiers, sailors, airman and marines against the threat of chemical attack.”


Quickly and easily identify chemical hazards at the site of interest with the FLIR GRIFFIN G510 portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS). It complements presumptive detectors used during emergency missions, by enabling responders to analyse all phases of matter (liquid, solid, vapour) so they can take immediate action. The G510 features a large touchscreen with automated user controls, can be operated while wearing full PPE, and is built with an IP65-rated enclosure for harsh environments. (Photo: FLIR)

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