The UK MoD Defence Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centre (DCBRNC) at Winterbourne Gunner has just taken delivery of the latest CBRN training simulation systems. Supplied by UK manufacturer Argon Electronics, the new systems include both instrumentation and simulation software.
CBRN Programme Team Leader, Phil Strudley, says, “The acquisition of this latest equipment is an important step for the CBRN training centre, providing our trainers with a range of sophisticated tools that allow us to simulate a wide range of threat scenarios”.
The CBRN team worked closely with Argon to ensure that the contract was fulfilled on time and within budget. “The equipment was specified, ordered and delivered within sixteen weeks”, adds Phil Strudley. “This shows what can be achieved with a good working relationship between our DE&S team and a specialised UK manufacturer”.
The Argon equipment includes the company’s latest CAMSIM and LCAD hand held instruments, the MCAD simulator and the advanced PlumeSIM wide area CBRN field exercise and desktop training system. This enables instructors to manage multiple remote simulator instruments under a fully configurable virtual plume, in real time, over user selected mapping.
Phil Strudley concludes, “Tools such as PlumeSIM will allow us to train personnel faster and more efficiently, giving them the knowledge and experience that will help them perform an even better job once they return to operational duties. These advanced simulators will also help reduce the Integrated Logistics Support costs associated with our detectors”.
Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon Electronics, says, “The need for effective training and simulation is becoming increasingly important. As a result, the DCBRNC is playing a vital role in providing world class support to the UK’s armed forces, helping to protect both military and civilian personnel. We’re delighted that the Centre chose to specify Argon simulation instrumentation and software for this essential function, and have worked closely with the DE&S team at Abbey Wood to ensure that our equipment was delivered to a tight time-scale.”