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RadGuard Military Products and Solutions

RadGuard Military Products and Solutions

CANBERRA has been in the business of designing, manufacturing and supplying products to military customers for over 25 years. During that time, we have delivered over 140,000 instruments to military and civil defense markets around the world. Our instruments are standard equipment for US Army and NATO countries and have been successfully deployed by military and civil defense services worldwide, including: UK Ministry of Defense, Italian Army, Navy and Ministry of the Interior, US Civil Defense, Canadian Army, Spanish Army, Royal Netherlands Navy, Danish Navy, Taiwan Army and others.

At the core of CANBERRA’s successful relationship with its military partners is a deep respect for the global safety and security missions each branch serves, as well as the common goal of preserving the lives of troops and the public. By adapting to the rigorous military performance specifications and standards demanded by its customers, CANBERRA has succeeded in producing long-lasting, rugged hand-held radiacs and vehicle-based detection systems that operate as expected, every time.

CANBERRA is focused on bringing the very best technology to its military partners, allowing them to focus on their core mission. While its military center of excellence is located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the company operates production, engineering and support facilities around the world. CANBERRA’s 1000+ employees are all focused on bringing the very best nuclear technology to your operation.

In addition to providing our own technology, certain equipment manufactured by CANBERRA contains designs and technology provided by the US Army JPEO-RN program. In these cases, the program controls the composition, use and distribution of these products.

For the following equipment, approval to sell this equipment outside of the JPEO program is no longer available:

  • AN/VDR-2 Radiac/AN/PDR-77 Radiac Set
  • AN/UDR-14 Pocket Radiac

CANBERRA has developed a set of military-grade solutions that provide comparable, and in some cases enhanced, functionality and performance to JPEO restricted equipment. This equipment has been nuclear hardened and designed for nuclear survivability. The following solutions are offered for non-JPEO customers.

Sales Restrictions Apply-JPEO program only

Sales Restrictions Apply-JPEO program only

RadGuard Military Products and Solutions

Radiation Detection System RDS-100

Radiation Detection System RDS-100

Description

The RDS-100 Radiation Detection System offers comprehensive radiation management and unsurpassed reliability in a self-contained, portable system. This simple to operate, rugged, and lightweight equipment combines unequaled performance and reliability. It includes CANBERRA's unique Time-to-Count technique which provides outstanding linearity over the entire dynamic range of the instrument – no compensation for high levels is necessary.

The Radiac Meter included in this system, is equipped with "SMART" technology, which allows any system probe or training probe to be interchanged and used immediately without calibrating. All calibration data is stored in the probes and read by the Radiac Meter upon connection. An optional GPS-based Large-Area Training System provides documented assurance that personnel are properly trained, without any exposure to radioactive materials.

Key Benefits

  • Rugged and Reliable
  • Ease of use for setup and operations; minimal user training required

Applications

  • Personnel
  • Aircraft and Vehicle

Radiation Detection System RDS-100

Features

  • Storage of up to 300 data points, including dose rate, date and time
  • GPS compatible
  • Compatible with "SMART" Probes
  • Outstanding linearity over a wide dynamic range
  • Can be calibrated using license-free source
  • Can be operated and read while wearing fire or hazmat protective clothing
  • Will not ignite explosive atmospheres – intrinsically safe
  • Waterproof to 3 ft
  • Background Subtract feature
  • Electronic filter to reduce fluctuations in readings
  • Built-in RS-232 interface
  • Automatic self-calibration
RGU-100 High Sensitivity Military Pocket Radiac

RGU-100 High Sensitivity Military Pocket Radiac

Description

The RGU-100 Military Pocket Radiac detects and quantifies prompt gamma dose as well as residual gamma dose and dose rate in support of both tactical and non-tactical use. This rugged dosimeter is equipped with a back lit LCD as well as presettable audio and visual alarms that provide clear, real time indications of radiological conditions in demanding environments. Its built-in sleep mode offers enhanced operational flexibility by extending battery life. An infrared RS-232 port that resides in the RGU-100 enables its data to be accessed by a computer.

This simple to operate, compact device is suitable for both tactical and non-tactical radiation protection use. Its wide dynamic ranges for dose and dose rate and ability to measure prompt as well as residual gamma radiation make it an essential tool for the foot soldier.

The RGU-100 also lends itself to use in military vehicles and helicopters. The Pocket Radiac easily fits within the space-constrained interiors of aircraft and fighting vehicles (see circled RGU-100 below).

Use of the infrared RS-232 port and the RGU-100 dose storage capability enables the efficient dose management of personnel in a field organization. The serial number of the user can easily be stored in the unit. The user's total accumulated daily or weekly dose can then be read by a computer and, with minimal operator attendance, be assigned to the user's Radiation Dose file. The infrared port may also be used to automate configuration of the device in the field ensuring proper configuration control of alarm settings and key parameters. This functionality can safeguard the equipment from accidental erasure of accumulated dose or incorrect setting of alarm levels by a user.

RGU-100 High Sensitivity Military Pocket Radiac

Features

  • Detects and quantifies prompt gamma and neutron dose as well as residual gamma dose and dose rate
  • Pre-settable audio and visual alarms
  • Uses time tested "Time-to-Count" technology
  • Infrared Optical Port for computer control and data downloads

Key Benefits

  • Ultra small size and weight
  • Ease of use for setup and operations; minimal user training required
  • Computer interface for automated dose tracking systems

Applications

  • Personnel
  • Aircraft and vehicle
NASRAMS Naval Shipboard Radiation Monitoring System

NASRAMS Naval Shipboard Radiation Monitoring System

Description

The NASRAMS is a shipboard radiation monitoring system that provides continuous real-time radiological information on board military vessels/vehicles. It provides detection and measurement of prompt gamma and prompt neutron dose, along with residual gamma dose rates. NASRAMS is typically comprised of the following components:

  • NASRAMS Main Indicating and Alarm Unit (Control Panel) – Provides centralized indication and alarm of all remote radiation detectors. A separate display module for each detector displays gamma dose rate at the detector location. This unit also includes a built-in controller used to conduct simulated radiation training exercises.
  • Remote Radiological Detectors – Continuously detect and transfer data into the NASRAMS Control Panel concerning the presence and level of radiation. The typical NASRAMS system employs 10 detectors, though other configurations are available (consult sales representative for details).

Key Functionality of Main Indicating and Alarm Unit (Control Panel)

  • Continuously displays dose rate and alarm status for each detector in use
  • Provides total dose exposures for each channel by operator action (push button)
  • Individual pre-settable alarms for both dose rate and total dose for each detector
  • Alarms identified and indicated by specific channel and general alarm indicators (both visual and audible)
  • Provides four hours of backup battery to power the system in case of a power outage
  • Each display module within the Main Indicating and Alarm Unit has a backlight to facilitate use in a darkened room
  • Splash-proof enclosure
  • Built-in controller used to conduct simulated radiation training exercises

Key Features of Remote Radiological Detectors /Detector Probe Assemblies

  • Detectors continuously detect and transfer data into the Main Indicating Unit about the presence and level of radiation
  • Probe Assembly consists of two detectors, a high voltage power supply and electronic circuitry, all enclosed within a protective stainless steel canister and mounted to a platform
  • Probe/platform assembly incorporates shock-absorbing mounts to stabilize against abrupt or potentially disruptive vibration
  • Waterproof housing assembly unit
  • Visual indicators of center location of the Low and High Range Gamma detectors aid in proper mounting/placement of detectors

Conduct of Radiological Test Exercises

Realistic training exercises are readily available with the NASRAMS to insure competent and effective crew performance in the event of a radiological emergency. The programmable radiation simulation functionality includes time variable simulated radiation levels (including statistical fluctuation) such that the training exercise will accurately depict a real life radiation environment. Exercises are uploaded to the Main Indicating and Alarm Unit by way of a Smart Card which is pre-programmed by the training officer using Simulation Editor Software. The start and finish time of the exercise, as well as the radiation readings as a function of time can all be pre-selected by the Training Officer to reflect almost any type of residual radiation event.

Reliability and Maintainability

The NASRAMS reflects a high level of reliability and ease of maintenance. This is required in order to keep the life cycle cost of the equipment at a low level and more important, to ensure that the system is capable of performing its intended function 99.99% of the time. NASRAMS is derived from the military qualified AN/UDR-13,14,15 Radiac Sets (Pocket Radiacs) that were developed by Aptec-NRC, now CANBERRA, under contract to the US Army. A range of testing documentation for NASRAMS is also available to confirm suitability for military use.

Naval Ship Radiation Monitoring System NASRAMS-10

Features

  • Provides detection and measurement of both prompt and residual (Fall-out) gamma and neutron radiation
  • 10 channel standard configuration
  • Outstanding linearity over a wide dynamic range
  • Ultra long detector life and calibration stability
  • Operates in and withstands extreme environmental conditions as specified in MIL-STD-810
  • Detector will not saturate in gamma fields to 20 Gy/hr

Key Benefits

  • Provides continuous real-time radiological information with a centralized readout for informed decision-making
  • High degree of reliability
  • Easy to maintain
  • Programmable radiation simulator for realistic training exercises

Applications

  • Military vessels/vehicles

Naval Ship Radiation Monitoring System NASRAMS-10

ADM300A(V1B) Multi-Functional Survey Meter

ADM300A(V1B) Multi-Functional Survey Meter

Description

The ADM300A(V1B) Multi-Functional Survey Meter detects, measures and digitally displays levels of gamma radiation dose rate from 0.01 μSv/h to 100 Sv/h. The analog display covers 0.01 μSv/h to 10 Sv/h. The ADM300A(V1B) detects and displays relative level of beta particles. This meter measures, stores, and digitally displays accumulated dose from 0.01 μSv to 100 Sv. The analog display covers 0.01 μSv to 10 Sv. This portable instrument is rugged and reliable, and designed for use in all environments.

CANBERRA's unique Time-to-Count technique is employed in this meter to eliminate the dead time and saturation effects that are common with conventional Geiger Mueller detectors. This functionality allows wide range detection with unsurpassed accuracy and linearity.

When coupled with optional external "Smart" probes, the ADM300A(V1B) instrument can be used to measure, store, and display Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and X-ray radiation. "Smart" probes store probe ID, calibration data and have an internal high voltage power supply.

This versatile instrument is optionally vehicle powered and mounted.

ADM300A(V1B)

Features

  • Internal GM detectors for Beta and Gamma detection
  • Microprocessor based with easy-to-read LCD alpha-numeric display
  • Beta window for ambient levels for contamination on "samples" eliminating the need for a second unit
  • Analog and digital displays provide both trending and accuracy
  • Nine decades of operation (from environmental to accident levels) and will not saturate in over 100 Sv/hr (10000 R/hr) field
  • Unique "Time-To-Count" GM technology provides high accuracy and allows calibration with license free sources
  • Displays and stores up to 100 data points
  • Dose and dose rate alarms across entire measurement range
  • Switch activated chirper provides audible "rate" for use in noisy work environments
  • Predictive algorithm provides estimate of time in the field before alarm
  • Illuminated display for operating in low light conditions
  • RS-232 Serial and USB computer port
  • Contamination resistant sealed membrane keypad

Click in the images below and see photos of our military product line in action.