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pounds 2.2m deal for Smiths Detection.

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group which has aerospace plants in Cheltenham and Wolverhamp-ton, has won a pounds 2.2 million contract to supply lightweight chemical detectors to the Norwegian armed forces.

The deal follows an initial pounds 1.8 million contract for LCDs awarded to Smiths Detection in 2005. It extends the protection of Norway's military personnel against chemical warfare agents.

The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation embarked on the follow-on option after extensive competitive trials. The LCD can detect a wide range of chemical warfare agents including nerve, blister, blood and choking agents.

Smiths Detection, a world-leader in x-ray technology and systems that detect and identify chemicals, biological threats and explosives, has developed LCD as a compact, wearable device designed to provide an additional layer of safety and protection for troops. The latest contract makes Norway the largest user of the LCD outside the UK.

Stephen Phipson, group managing director of Smiths Detection, said: "This new contract is a testimony to the quality of the product.

"It had to come through the very tough and thorough testing procedures which have established Norway as one of the world's most respected authorities on NBC protection."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2006
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