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Portable detection system for explosives and narcotics

Smiths Detection : 16 September, 2008  (New Product)
Multi-Mode Threat Detector available from Smiths Detection for identification of explosives, chemicals and narcotics in harsh environments
Smiths Detection announces the launch of the Multi-Mode Threat Detector (MMTD), a portable device that can detect a range of explosives including the materials most commonly used in homemade bombs.

The MMTD, a rugged, hand-held detector for explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and narcotics, also features an optimised detection capability for peroxides, commonly used in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) The simultaneous dual-mode capability of the MMTD allows operators to detect a broad range of explosives and offers simultaneous one-sample analysis detection of explosives and narcotics.

Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: "The MMTD is designed to help meet one of the biggest challenges facing soldiers in urban warfare environments -- homemade bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Many of these are made using peroxide-based substances, something the MMTD is optimized to detect."

It features a hardened case and is designed to an IP54 military rating, which measures the instrument's ability to operate in extreme conditions. In addition to its wide threat detection capability, the MMTD can operate continuously for up to five hours using two hot-swappable batteries. It can also be used remotely with alarm and status information reported to Command & Control via Ethernet, WiFi or RF. Operators can select between either particle or vapour analysis methods for detecting the suspected threat and results are typically returned in 10 seconds or less.

Cherif Rizkalla, President of Smiths Detection, Americas, said: "The hardened case will enable the military to utilize our MMTD in any environment, taking hand-held threat detection to a new level while maintaining accuracy and functionality. It can also be used in other challenging security environments by government agencies or even in mass transit situations."
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