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Astrodyne provides power solution for nuclear, chemical and biological agent detection system for Army’s new Stryker NBC Recon Vehicle.

Stryker NBC Recon Vehicle

The recent and ongoing news regarding suspected use of chemical weapons in the Syrian war and the development of nuclear weapons elsewhere in the world tells us just how real the threat of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons is. The US Army has developed a variant of the Stryker Armored Vehicle, the Stryker NBCRV,  to help protect against such weapons of mass destruction.     

 
 
The Stryker is a 19-ton wheeled armored vehicle that can be deployed combat-ready upon arrival by C-130, C-17, or C-5 aircraft. It can reach speeds of up to 62 mph (100 kph) and comes in 10 different configurations.
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The Stryker NBCRV version adds chemical-analysis-laboratory-on-wheels capability to this armored vehicle family. This is a compact, lightweight, and rugged system capable of chemical and biological agent detection and identification. The system is able to identify all significant chemical and biological agents and communicate results very rapidly as it rolls through extremely rugged conditions, such as those of a battlefield.    Small rubber wheels on robotic arms behind the vehicle collect samples for analysis. The system is automated and continuous, meaning the vehicle doesn’t have to stop. Personnel operate this and other systems, including weapons, from inside a pressurized compartment, protected from any chemical environment that might exist outside the vehicle.

 

Screen-Shot-2014-05-29-at-5.14.05-PMAstrodyne supplies two models of the RO-branded 2nd Generation MicroVerter® DC-DC modules for this application. The customer passed extensive environmental testing on the system with our units installed before fielding the system. I think it’s safe to say that a system capable of detecting and warning of the use of weapons of mass destruction on a near–real time basis is an example of a demanding application that protects and enhances people’s lives.