Under the agreement with the Bioterrorism Prevention Unit of International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, Saab will supply a total of six sampling units, to be used in the field to combat bioterrorism. The delivery also includes a certified packaging container designed for safe transportation of CBRN samples and other hazardous materials from the field to the laboratory. Delivery will take place in March 2017.
Head of Saab business area Support and Services, Jonas Hjelm said this order "further strengthens [Saab's] position as a supplier of advanced CBRN solutions, while contributing to increased preparedness and keeping people and societies safe. Saab’s CBRN equipment provides first responders with all the tools they need to conduct efficient, proper and secure field collection, and safe transportation, of all types of toxic materials".
Saab says they offer a complete CBRN solution for protecting people and securing operational capabilities. Some of their capabilities include early warnings to units and personnel, which is a key factor in limiting CBRN threats.
Saab believes their integrated solutions allow CBRN specialists and decision-makers to have effective tools for detecting and identifying a wide range of threats and says they will receive all the support needed for fast and accurate early warning.
Saab’s CBRN solutions include systems for Automatic Warning and Reporting (AWR), sampling equipment, certified transport packaging and a wide range of services and CBRN training and support solutions for individual protection.
Interpol is made up of 190 countries, including Australia. Their Bioterrorism Prevention Unit works with law enforcement, health, academia and industry, to tackle bioterrorism.
Over the last few years, Interpol has increased its capacity to assist member countries in minimising and counteracting threats of a bioterrorism act and establish effective countermeasures as part of a global security strategy. Interpol’s Bioterrorism Prevention Unit, will primarily utilise Saab's CBRN products to train its various member countries.
Bioterrorism refers to the malicious use of bacteria, viruses or biological toxins, to threaten or cause harm to humans, animals or agriculture, and there is a number of terrorist groups demonstrating an interest and intent to use biological materials as weapons.