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Surface Chemical Hazard Detector (SCHD)

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) Joint Project Manager Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM NBC CA) is requesting information from industry on their ability to provide Experimental 15 (XM15) Surface Chemical Hazard Detector (SCHD), formerly known as the Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) 2 – Surface Contaminant Locator (SCL).

The XM15 SCHD program is currently in the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase. Through full and open competition, Army Contracting Center-Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) awarded four contracts to fabricate prototypes and mature the technologies to meet the requirements based on the 2013 Draft Capability Development Document for the NGCD 2. The DoD is currently evaluating these prototypes.

The SCHD shall provide capability to rapidly detect, classify, and potentially identify liquid and solid Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs), Non-Traditional Agents (NTAs), and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) when present on varying surfaces and in the presence interferent mixtures.

The SCHD is intended to be a portable liquid/solid surface contamination detector. In general, it is preferred that the system not contact or ingest the contaminant. A non-contact system limits contaminant exposure to the user, which reduces safety risk as well as allows for immediate reuse of the system.

Additionally, it is preferable that the system limits the use of consumables and ancillary accessories, which would lower operation and sustainment costs for the user.

Although non-contact systems are preferable, this RFI is open to all technologies, to include low-cost, disposable systems that may require contact with a chemical hazard in order for a detection to occur.

JPM NBC CA will use the information acquired from this RFI to optimize the SCHD acquisition strategy.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W911SR-SCHD. The response deadline is September 09, 2016

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