NCT CBRNe USA Paper: How Chemical Agent Disclosure Spray in Revolutionizing the Traditional Way of Chemical Agent Decontamination


A paper by Dr. Markus Erbeldinger and Jason Robosky, FLIR Systems, Inc., USA


This paper will show how the revolutionary Fido® C2 chemical agent disclosure spray improves the responder tool kit by offering greater sensitivity than existing sensors and reducing decontamination costs up to 5-fold. Fido C2 is the key component of the Contamination Indicator Decontamination Assurance System (CIDAS) an US acquisition program in excess of 50 Million US$. CIDAS itself is part of the US Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO CBD) Decontamination Family of Systems (DFoS) program.

Fido C2 is a sprayable, water-based formulation that uses enzymes to detect the exact location of specific chemical agents at trace level on surfaces by changing color. It utilizes select enzymes, which are inhibited by chemical agents to drive the spray chemistry. One of the key aspects of enzyme-based sensing technologies is the fact that the catalytic enzyme reaction is extremely fast. Thousands of reactions can occur per second depending on the enzyme/substrate combination and concentration utilized allowing for a very powerful amplification effect. Only a few target molecules from the environment are needed to shut down the reactions thereby triggering detection. Because of this amplification effect, the enzyme-based sensing spray Fido C2 is extremely sensitive.

Fido C2 is available in formulations that specifically detect Nerve Agents (G- & V-series) or sulfur mustard (HD). This system is the most sensitive point detection technology on the market, and is intended to provide improved mapping of chemical agent contamination for sensitive site exploitation missions and personnel / equipment decontamination. Fido C2 reacts directly on surfaces to disclose trace contact hazards within 5 minutes, and revolutionizes the traditional way of decontamination by making the invisible threat visible. This provides significant savings in time and money (around three to five fold) for decontamination by enabling the user to locate contamination and focus decontaminant application. In addition, Fido C2 can be used to visualize contamination hot spots on surfaces to provide a map for decontamination or to identify the perimeter of a hot zone.

This paper will also discuss the CIDAS program, a US $50+ Million US program which utilizes the Fido C2 disclosure spray for decontamination of chemical agents. Fido C2 disclosure spray will provide the United States Joint Services with the capability to locate trace CWA contamination on surfaces of military equipment, in a $30 million indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Army’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program. The 10-year contract is for Contamination Indicator/Decontamination Assurance System (CIDAS), a Program of Record within the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense’s (JPEO-CBD) Joint Product Manager for Protection Office, and will provide the Joint Services with the capability to identify the location of CWAs on surfaces, improve the efficiency of the decontamination process, and provide a confirmatory check that the process has been thoroughly effective.

Please access the Full Paper by clicking on the following link: Markus Erbeldinger & Jason Robosky – How Chemical Agent Disclosure Spray in Revolutionizing the Traditional Way of Chemical Agent Decontamination

The Full Paper by Dr. Markus Erbeldinger and Jason Robosky will be presented during the Innovation Stream of NCT CBRNe USA, taking place 31 May – 2 June in Washington DC.

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