14 December 2012
Argon Electronics has enhanced the effectiveness of CBRN training for Scandinavian forces by providing simulators to support RECCEX 12, the major Nordic CBRN Reconnaissance Exercise, which was hosted by the Swedish Armed Forces in Umea during August and included CBRN teams from the armed forces of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
In addition, two civilian teams from Sweden also participated. The aim of the exercise was to develop and exchange the latest and best methods of responding to CBRN threats. The use of Argon’s simulation tools, which had been previously delivered under contract to the Swedish Armed Forces and were upgraded in preparation for the exercise, has enabled the participants to experience first-hand the benefits of today’s state-of-the-art CBRN simulation equipment.
In excess of 50 Argon simulators were used for the exercise, which took place over two days on the 22nd and 23rd of August, and included the use of PlumeSIM. PlumeSIM is an instrumented CBRN simulation system that enables instructors to plan exercises on a PC or laptop to trigger readings and alarms on the detector simulation instruments carried by the personnel out in the field whilst tracking and recording their movements and any errors for both real time monitoring and after action review. At RECCEX, the PlumeSIM control unit was located within a disused hangar, with field units positioned within 100m in a mixed wooded and rocky terrain. Several chemical reconnaissance exercises were carried out by the platoons, who were tasked with identifying and recording the location of simulated release chemicals.
The exercises were witnessed by the Swedish Military Procurement representatives and visiting defence attaches, who saw first-hand how the operational flexibility of equipment from Argon Electronics enhances CBRN training exercises and therefore the capability to counter CBRN incidents.
Argon Electronics was established in 1987 and has since become a world leader in the development and manufacture of hazardous material detector simulators, most notably in the fields of military Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence. Our simulators have applications from civil response to unconventional terrorism and accidental release, and international treaty verification, with a growing presence in the nuclear energy generation and education markets.
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