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Canada Taps UK’s Argon for Chemical Warfare Training Simulators

Dec. 26, 2012 - 05:25PM   |  
By ALAN DRON   |   Comments
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LONDON — UK chemical warfare training simulator specialist Argon Electronics will supply Canadian forces with a range of training systems after a $6.6 million contract was placed via Argon’s Canadian representatives, Patlon Aircraft & Industries.

Patlon, based in Halton Hills, Ontario, will provide initial training and support for the products.

The simulators will train Canada’s military on the equipment and procedures for detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

Argon is supplying its flagship PlumeSIM training systems, as well as simulators for several of the Canadian forces’ chemical detectors, including the Proengin AP4C detector and the S4PE surface sampler, and simulators for the Smiths Detection LCD3.3 personal detector and LCD-Nexus fixed-site detector.

PlumeSIM electronically simulates the release of chemical agents under a range of conditions.

The simulation systems will be deployed at several locations throughout Canada, including the Fire and Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Academy at Canadian Forces Base Borden, in Ontario.

“Argon and Patlon Aircraft Industries have worked extremely hard together to secure this important contract, which will be delivered over the next 18 months,” said Steven Pike, Argon’s managing director.

The order is one part of a much larger procurement program to have Canada’s armed forces acquire sophisticated chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear sensors and detectors, protective equipment, reconnaissance systems, decontamination systems and new medical countermeasures. The program, called the Chemical Agent Sensors Project, is valued at $85 million. The project is designed to allow military personnel to detect not only chemical warfare agents but a wide range of toxic industrial chemicals.

The Argon-supplied kit will allow Canadian personnel to train in the use of these new detectors without having to use chemical aerosols during training, making it cost-effective and environmentally-friendly. It also allows instructors to monitor training performance electronically.

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