The Military and Kromek - A relationship built on trust

From initial concept and design to the final product being produced, we work closely with the end user to ensure their durability, sustainability and longevity requirements are met. Something that has been proven time and time again in our relationship to the Defence Forces.

For Defence personnel across the globe, it is imperative that they have the best of products and solutions available to them to do their job. For any military operation, the ultimate goal is to ensure not only the safety of the individual, but the safety and livelihood of the people and country they serve. Here at Kromek we have designed a range of products that enable the end user, a front-line solider to do just that.

Just one of our products that helps towards this is the D5 RIID. Designed in 2020, its popularity continues to growand its capability goes from strength to strength. Throughout the development stage, the team worked closely with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the US Department of Defense and the UK Authorities, enabling us to ensure the RIID met or exceeded their needs. The goal was to ensure that not only could any individual use the device, but also decipher the information that it provided, allowing for decisive and instant action to be taken. The detector resolution and advanced algorithm enables rapid identification of potential radioactive threats. This allows accurate operational location of special Nuclear Materials (SNM), even when heavily masked or shielded, during tactical and extended deployment missions.

The D5 in action

There are many reasons why the D5 RIID has been adopted by armed forces worldwide, the main reasons being: its ability to detect and identify sources from a distance, ensuring operator safety. Also, the RIID weighs just 660g, compared with legacy instruments often weighing more than 2kg. This latter attribute enables longer, less fatiguing missions and facilitates tactical carriage and usage as it can be both worn or hand carried.

Discretion is the key to the success of the D3S ID

The wearable, discreet and lightweight D3S ID is another game changer for military operations and personnel. The unobstructive, handsfree device was designed to allow front-line personnel to take it out of the box, switch it on, put the sensor on your belt or PLCE, the phone in your pocket, and deploy. Using the D3S, you can quickly and easily carry out a radiological survey while giving rapid coverage of a location. Whatever the mission may be, dirty bombs, radioactive contamination, smuggling of radioactive substances or radiation at the scene of an accident or terrorist attack, the D3S ID can be used in both high and low dose radiation environments.

With the D3S ID you can go anywhere a terrorist could have gone and it is suitable to quickly and efficiently search areas. Unlike static or vehicle-mounted detectors, a person carrying a hidden detector is tough to avoid and detect; literally, anyone could be carrying a D3S ID. With audible and tactile alarm settings, you will be able to remain inconspicuous throughout. If you are also looking for a networkable solution, our D5, D3S and D3M can  be networked using our Kromek ID capability which can be linked to a forces internal network or any network solution, ensuring any radioactive substance alerts are passed back to a centralised control room where further strategic decisions can be taken, enabling teams to be deployed in an instant and results shared with other units.

  • There is no need to point the detector at a potential threat as the D3S ID is always scanning, making it perfect for use when your attention is diverted to other things.
  • The device identifies 22 more isotopes than the RIID standard: ANSI N42.34.
  • It’s four times faster than the RIID standard.
  • Quick, simple and intuitive to use, there is no need for specialist training or knowledge on the Device.

Alongside Radiological risks there is also the potential for a bigger, more dangerous threat due to Biological Pathogens, as seen with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As warfare becomes more asymmetric and enemies look for ways to outsmart their targets, it is time to ensure that your nation’s military has the correct equipment on hand at the correct time so they can help prevent a catastrophic incident. A threat that is becoming more available, capable and its use therefore more probable than ever, is Biological Warfare. The team at Kromek have developed a Biological Sequencing system, a system that enhances Defence Forces’ ability to detect a potential threat and act quickly.

The Biological Threat Detection system is a self-contained, mobile platform allied to a small air sampling system that removes samples from the air at any given, or specified time allowing for early identification of all airborne pathogens days earlier than is currently possible. Whether this system is placed into a military vehicle on a routine patrol, or a static system, placed in a concealed location, air samples are tested and identified before signs and symptoms begin to show in potential infected individuals. This reduces the risk of exposure to the disease for others.

With the data collected sent to a centralised HQ, commanders are able to act instantly, alerting, their units, governments, medical professionals and health organisations, to ensure steps can be taken in preventing disasters.

A nation equipped with both Radiological and Biological Threat detection equipment, has a stronger defence and remains one step ahead of any potential enemies.

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