Explosives, radiation and chemical threat identification solutions for military

Protecting those who protect us

The military and CBRNE defense teams are subjected to the harshest and most frightening threats known to man, whether they be toxic materials, bombs, chemical threats, or radiological events. Rapid identification of explosives, chemical weapons and agents, and radiation can be a matter of life and death for occupants of the target area. Making matters more complex, military personnel often carry upwards of 100 lbs (45kg) of gear into the field. When missions can last days, or even weeks, every ounce counts. Thermo Scientific radiation and chemical threat detection equipment is compact and rugged to ease the load and minimize time on target.

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Solutions for military categories: Chemical and radiation threats

Protect personnel closest to the radiation source. Our high sensitivity dosimetry solutions quickly communicate critical dose information in any environment to keep military personnel safe. 

Protect personnel from threats such as exposure to depleted uranium in artillery, and nuclear power on ships and submarines with portable and wearable radiation detectors and monitoring instruments.

Identify real threats in real time. Pager-sized radiation detectors can be worn by military to selectively detect and track specific types of radiation sources and distinguish between different kinds of radioactive materials.

Perform rapid testing and identification of chemical warfare agents (CWAs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic industrial materials (TIMs), and numerous other hazardous substances in the field. 

Immediately identify explosives, precursors and improvised explosive devices using handheld bomb detectors and chemical identification analyzers that combine FTIR and Raman technology.

When You Need to Know if the Threat Is Real

Learn about the advanced technology, planning tools, and instruments available to first responders, firefighters, law enforcement, military, and government agencies to aid in the detection of radioactive materials and the identification of chemicals, narcotics, and explosive threats. Includes grant information. Read A Practical Guide to Safety and Security Threat Detection Technology.

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Featured videos: Radiation and chemical threats

Thermo Scientific offers rugged, fit-for-purpose, handheld instruments that bring the power of Raman and FTIR spectroscopy directly to the hazard zone to provide specific, actionable data— enabling CBRNE teams and first responders to act faster than ever before.

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is a form of vibrational spectroscopy that provides excellent selectivity for material identification in applications such as hazmat, unknown chemical identification, pharmaceutical raw material identification, and explosives precursor identification.

Visit the FTIR Technology page for a general overview on how FTIR works, and for application-specific information.
To learn the fundamentals of Raman spectroscopy, visit the Raman Spectroscopy Academy.

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Handheld instruments and equipment for military radiation and threat detection

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Frequently Asked Questions about Radiation Detection

Radiation can be found almost anywhere. Is it always a threat to public health and safety? How can it be monitored?  What tools do I need to detect it?  Are you trying to scare us?  Get the answers to these and other questions on our Frequently Asked Questions about Radiation Detectionpage.