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Argon Electronics to exhibit at the Counter Threat Symposium 2021

Written by Steven Pike

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The inaugural Counter Threat Symposium will take place between 8–10 November 2021 at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. 

Argon Electronics is proud to be exhibiting at the event and will be located at Table 14.

The event is a joint initiative between the CBRN-UK and Counter-EO Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of ADS Group and will build upon the CBRN-UK Symposium’s successful format. ADS is the trade association for the U.K’.s aerospace, defence, security, and space industries—sectors which generate £30bn in value to the U.K.

This event, which will also host the MOD Industry Day, will bring together the humanitarian sector, end-users, policymakers, and U.K. and overseas suppliers to discuss the latest developments and requirements in CBRN and Counter-EO.

Event format

Day one: Focus on Counter-EO issues, requirements, and trends, with speakers from across the Counter-EO community.

Day two: The MOD Industry day is designed to bring the audience up to speed on the current threat, extant and future equipment programmes, and opportunities for U.K. industry.

Day three: Analysis of domestic and international CBRN threat, response, capability, and addressing some of the key challenges such as post-mortem of contaminated victims. 

There will be a sponsored networking event on the first evening and numerous breakout opportunities throughout the event designed to foster cross-department discussion. 

Symposium conference topics include

  • Counter-threat
  • Shared situational awareness
  • Military operations
  • Countering IEDs
  • Humanitarian operations
  • Protection
  • Security incident first responder


CBRN-UK is the national supplier organisation representing U.K. industry’s CBRN capability to government, emergency responders, the military, and Critical National Infrastructure operators. When customers need advice and knowledge on everything related to CBRN, they can seek impartial advice from CBRN-UK.

The organisation was formed in 1994 as NBC-UK to ensure the UK CBRN industry was properly represented on the international stage and to ensure the availability of complete and coordinated information to address strong overseas competition. It changed its name to CBRN-UK in 2010.

CBRN-UK provides: 

  • A gateway to the U.K.’s CBRN industry for national and international customers 
  • A focus for U.K. Government Departments to turn to when seeking an industrial view when formulating policy in the CBRN field 
  • A coordinating function to communicate with overseas governments and organisations concerned with CBRN equipment or service area
  • Forums in which members and observers can discuss, in confidence, CBRN issues of mutual interest 
  • Opportunities for business-to-business networking 

CBRN-UK is the Special Interest Group representing the U.K. industry’s chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence, security, and resilience industry. It operates as part of ADS Group and has around 50 members. 

CBRN-UK works to ensure that the U.K.’s CBRN industry can deliver the capabilities that the government, emergency responders, the military and Critical National Infrastructure operators need to manage and minimise the risk from biological incidents and other types of events. 

CBRN-UK also provides specialist advice to its partners in Government and the private sector and acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for overseas buyers interested in U.K. capability.

Argon is proud to be a member of CBRN-UK

Argon Electronics is proud to be a member of CBRN-UK and creates chemical and radiation simulation systems that can be used to train military and emergency teams to respond to CBRN and HazMat events.

The simulators are able to accurately replicate how real devices react when confronted by a range of chemical and radiological agents, taking into account the volatility of the agents, the prevailing meteorological conditions, and the tactics and techniques used to detect differing agents. 

However, no hazardous chemicals or radioactive sources of any kind are used in the simulators. Electronic simulation agents replicate these sources but are in no way harmful to human health or the environment. These simple but powerful systems allow instructors to create realistic multi-substance and multi-detector scenarios whilst retaining complete control of exercises. 

Argon’s simulators accurately replicate the look, feel, and response of the actual detectors. They also boast instructor remote controls and after-action review features. These features ensure our simulators help military and emergency personnel to understand how to correctly use the real detection instruments in the event of an emergency. Moreover, not using the actual devices in training guarantees they will not suffer from wear and tear; thus, simulation training is a cost-effective option. 

Argon Electronics boasts a wide array of products and services, including:

  • Chemical Warfare / HazMat Training Simulators
  • Radiation Safety Training Simulators
  • Contamination Simulators
  • Dosimeter Simulators
  • Simulation sources
  • Spectrometer Simulators
  • Wide-area / Live and Tabletop / Virtual CBRNe Training Products
  • CBRNe / HazMat Training Simulators for Rental
  • Training for Argon CBRNe / HazMat Simulators

At the Counter Threat Symposium 2021 event, Argon will be displaying a range of our systems, including the Mirion ADM300A V1B, the Smiths Detection LCD3.3, the ThermoFisher RadEye GF-10, the STE HRM and the Proengin AP4C (with the SFPE), as well as the Radsim DS3 and Radsim GS4 gamma radiation training source, and Thermo FH 40 G.

Additionally, PlumeSIM-SMART, our App-based system, will be on display. Perfect for both command officer and operator training, PlumeSIM-SMART enables tabletop and field emergency planning exercises to be easily implemented anywhere in the world.

Getting in touch with Argon Electronics

To learn more about how simulators and simulator training can aid your existing CBRNe and HazMat instruction programmes, please stop by Table 14 to view our products and speak with a member of our team.

If there is a specific topic you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact us ahead of the event to arrange a personal meeting.

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Steven Pike

Written by Steven Pike

Steven Pike is the Founder and Managing Director of Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. A graduate of the University of Hertfordshire, Steven has been awarded a number of international patents relating to the field of hazardous material training systems and technology.