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15 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: Seen & Heard by Andre Forkert

DREHTAINER recently received the order to supply a mobile command post for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The so-called MSAPF (Mobile Special Access Program Facility) serves the purpose of training as a part of the F-35 introduction. In a first step the protected and HF shielded building is going to be set up in the USA to be used subsequently for exercises and operations.


It is not really a premier, because there are several users and testers in the armed forces community worldwide using the camouflage systems, but for the first time ever FibroTex can show them to the public. At Eurosatory the israelian company FibroTex is showing two mobile camouflage systems. These systems provides significant increased protection and survivability of any static or moving platform.

The “Mobil Kit” can be quickly and easy assembled to a vehicle (in ca. 20 minutes) and is a fully operational solution. It offers a multi-spectral concealment (against EO-, NIR-, SWIR-, TIR-, UV-, visual, radar and thermal detection). At the same time the user can see outside and reduce the influence of the weather (hot and cold) by the insolation. The system has to be customized to any vehicle type individually and it is very durable. It includes all platform parts, even the wheels, windows, turrets, headlights or mirrors. The camouflage “net” sticks to the vehicle by magnets and the net parts are connecting (kind of special plastic Velcro) and overlapping. The material is fire retardant and water repellent. At Eurosatory you can find the system at different vehicles like a Land Rover DEFENDER, a Toyota Land Cruiser and some other tactical 4x4. The camouflage systems comes in a bag and can be stored inside the vehicle, the system weight for a DEFENDER 110 is ca. 14kg – it is very light weight and flexible. And it is available in different colours/pattern, e.g. urban, winter/snow, desert, etc. For a static use of the vehicle a multi-spectral modular system net can be added to even allow more protection.

The “Magic Screen” system is available in all sizes, from the individual soldier up to big vehicles, e.g. 8x8. Used on vehicles you can even drive with it. It is still mobil but heavier than the Mobil Kit. It looks a little bit like overlapping plastic plates, but the material is the solution and a big secret.
The “Solo System” is part of the “Magic Sreen” family but for a single individual soldier. It is like a paravan (foldout screen) you just put up and spread to get cover behind it. You even can move behind it without any effect to your protection, because you are not a part of the system, just sitting or laying behind it.

Some weeks ago FibroTex held a workshop with special units of European military and police forces, the next one will be available in February 2017, again in Germany and close to the border with the Netherlands.


If there is a CBRN threat you need certain information fast to take the right decisions and actions. Therefore Bruker introduces the new portable (weight 14.6kg) BioDetector pBDi. It is a laboratory in the box, that also can be used in the (contaminated) field.

Emergencies involving biothreat agents can occur because of a natural catastrophe, a localized outbreak (epidemic) or a worldwide outbreak (pandemic) of an infectious agent, warfare, or acts of terrorism. Rapid and reliable identification of biothreat agents is of utmost importance not only to confirm that a bioterrorism event has occurred, but also to initiate appropriate organizational as well as medical countermeasures.

The Bruker pBDi is a portable detection platform for rapid and sensitive on-site identification of biothreat agents. Developed for use by non-scientific personnel, the pBDi is easily operated, even while working in protective equipment under extreme conditions. Fully portable and operating from internal batteries, pBDi can be used in the hot zone. Equally pBDi can be integrated with various mobile platform solutions, where it can be powered from an external supply.

The pBDi employs a sensitive electrochemical biochip technology for multiplex ELISA-based (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) detection of biothreat agents. The pBDi builds on the technology of the Bruker portable Toxin Detector and offers new features such as integration with a mobile suitcase, battery operation, Bluetooth connection to a ruggedized tablet PC and assays for bacteria, viruses and toxins identification.

pBDi offers an universal detection for toxins, bacteria and viruses, with a direct identification of up to six agents in 20 minutes, a powerful and simple-to-use ELISA-based technology with a sensitive system for toxins, bacteria and viruses. It is a battery-operated system with a ruggedized tablet PC (even smartphones, tablets, etc. Can be used) that require a minimum sample preparation (max. 4min – it used to be 1hr, and you do not need a clean room any more). The data processing is automated and “Traffic Light” based. pBDi can be directly connected to a C4I system to transfer results and positions. As a databank (to compare the samples and their reaction with the antibody) a biological chip is used. There are altogether four different chips available at the moment with 4 to 5 agencies each. Through that system it is easy to implement new agents, just a chip has to be updated and the user just have to give an antibody to Bruker to fulfil the task.

These agents can be detected: Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax), Yersinia pestis (Plague), Francisella tularensis (Tularemia), Brucella melitensis (Brucellosis), Burkholderia mallei (Glanders), Orthopox viruses (Smallpox), Botulinum Toxin A, B, C, D, E, F, Staphylococcal Enterotoxin A, B, Ricin and Abrin.

According to Bruker it only takes two days for user training. As options Bruker offers a training kit, a sample preparation kit and customer specific assay development.