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Thales Biological Surveillance Collector System

The project brief

The brief

Using expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), as well as testing in one of Williams’ two wind tunnels, WAE was responsible for the development of an innovative air detection system designed to protect troops from the threat of biological attack. The programme scope was to provide part of a new biological surveillance system for the UK Ministry of Defence, designed to provide protection and allow the user to detect and then identify the nature of the biological attack in order to decide the best recourse and medical countermeasures. 

Commissioned by the UK Ministry of Defence and working in close collaboration with Thales, WAE was a key technical partner in the Biological Surveillance and Collector System (BSCS) project.

The work

The first models were signed into service in 2017 with the RAF Regiment. The Delivery Team was presented with a Minister for Defence Procurement Acquisition Award by Harriett Baldwin MP as a ceremony at the MOD on 28th November 2017.

To meet the military’s requirement, that the unit should work anywhere in the world, code was written that accounted for every possible operating condition. To ensure safe transportation, whether by air, sea or road, the unit was subjected to a suite of testing. The BSBS has been deployed to global operating bases to monitor biological threats and attacks.

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