AbleSentry Standing Watch against Aerosol Attacks

Japan Ministry of Defense orders systems that detect possible chemical, biological or radiological attacks



An odorless, colorless, aerosol weapon that rides with the wind can strike without notice and with devastating consequences.

For a first-line of defense against such attacks, Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force is counting on Lockheed Martin to deliver advanced warning. The Japan Ministry of Defense recently awarded Lockheed Martin and its trading partner ITOCHU Corporation a $22.4 million contract for 19 AbleSentry systems to provide detection and early warning of a possible chemical, biological or radiological attack.

“The system’s ability to provide information on where the threat is coming from and how fast it’s moving gives battlefield commanders the advanced warning they need to make the decisions necessary to keep their troops out of harm’s way,” said Daniel Heller, vice president of new ventures for Lockheed Martin.

AbleSentry continues the evolution of Lockheed Martin’s BAWS (Biological Aerosol Warning System) and Enhanced BAWS systems used by Japan’s Ground Self Defense Forces since 2005. AbleSentry adds both chemical and radiological detection capabilities to the earlier biological warning systems.

Designed for the tactical battlefield, AbleSentry is simple to deploy, operate and maintain. Using a sophisticated detection algorithm, the system’s array of networked, remote sensors provides a high probability of threat detection.  Its networked sensors eliminate the possibility of a single sensor causing a system-wide alarm, minimizing the potential for false alarms.

In addition to the detection capability, each remote sensor measures wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, location data and collects an air sample for subsequent confirmation and identification. AbleSentry also reduces the need for additional training by those already familiar with BAWS or EBAWS.

Posted April 24, 2012


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