Troops with the Maryland and Delaware National Guard are testing a new system for threat response that can be dispatched to potential contamination sites, according to an Army release. The Analytical Laboratory System Increment 1 A1 is designed to be moved via C-5 or C-17 cargo transport aircraft, and from ships to the shore by a landing craft air cushion vessel, or LCAC. The system is supposed to detect and identify a number of toxins; current testing is intended to determine whether its technologies are "effective, suitable and survivable on the modern battlefield." The five-day test will allow soldiers to take various chemical and biological samples and run them through the system's analyses. The samples will then be processed off-site, with analysis and mitigation information provided to the incident commander. Read more at Army.mil.
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