Explosives, radiation and chemical threat identification solutions for military

Protecting those who protect us

The military and CBRNE defense teams are subjected to the harshest and most frightening threats known to man, whether they be toxic materials, bombs, chemical threats, or radiological events. Rapid identification of explosives, chemical weapons and agents, and radiation can be a matter of life and death for occupants of the target area. Making matters more complex, military personnel often carry upwards of 100 lbs (45kg) of gear into the field. When missions can last days, or even weeks, every ounce counts. Thermo Scientific radiation and chemical threat detection equipment is compact and rugged to ease the load and minimize time on target.

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Featured products to detect chemical and radiation threats

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Solutions for military categories: Chemical and radiation threats

Protect personnel closest to the radiation source. Our high sensitivity dosimetry solutions quickly communicate critical dose information in any environment to keep military personnel safe. 

Protect personnel from threats such as exposure to depleted uranium in artillery, and nuclear power on ships and submarines with portable and wearable radiation detectors and monitoring instruments.

Identify real threats in real time. Pager-sized radiation detectors can be worn by military to selectively detect and track specific types of radiation sources and distinguish between different kinds of radioactive materials.

Perform rapid testing and identification of chemical warfare agents (CWAs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic industrial materials (TIMs), and numerous other hazardous substances in the field. 

Immediately identify explosives, precursors and improvised explosive devices using handheld bomb detectors and chemical identification analyzers that combine FTIR and Raman technology.


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Thermo Scientific offers rugged, fit-for-purpose, handheld instruments that bring the power of Raman and FTIR spectroscopy directly to the hazard zone to provide specific, actionable data— enabling CBRN teams and first responders to act faster than ever before.

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is a form of vibrational spectroscopy that provides excellent selectivity for material identification in applications such as hazmat, unknown chemical identification, pharmaceutical raw material identification, and explosives precursor identification.

Visit the FTIR Technology page for a general overview on how FTIR works, and for application-specific information.
To learn the fundamentals of Raman spectroscopy, visit the Raman Spectroscopy Academy.


Which handheld radiation detector is right for you?

Handheld instruments and equipment for military radiation and threat detection

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What can Natural Background Rejection (NBR) technology do for me?

Does natural radiation affect the detection capabilities and alarms? NBR is a technology used to eliminate fluctuating natural background levels while measuring radiation. Using an instrument with NBR allows you to keep your alarm threshold extremely low without the need to worry about false alarms from non-threatening sources so when the alarm goes off, you know it is time to take action.

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