Possible ThreatsThe number of countries pursuing anoffensive biological warfare programcontinues to increase. The priority ofthe Armys Biological DefenseProgram is to limit the effects oflarge area biological warfare attacks.The BIDS is being designed by theBIDS Team under the Soldier andBiological Chemical Command of theU.S. Army at Aberdeen ProvingGround in Edgewood, Maryland. Theentire program is under the ProgramDirector for Biological DefenseSystems. The BIDS consists of 5major subcomponents: (1) Vehicle,(2) Shelter, (3) Auxiliary Equipment,(4) Power, and (5) BiologicalDetection Suite. Here, in Edgewood,we have designed a system, madeup of various Biological Detectionequipment, that meets the Armysdemand. We are currently nearingthe end of Phase 1 of a two-phaseprogram. In the next phase, we willbe refining and automating what wehave already designed to ensureoptimal performance.
BIDS Technology cont’Data collection of test tubesamples on BIDS laptop
INSIDE BIDSBIDS ComponentsImproved Liquid Sampler andImproved Biological SamplerUltraviolet Aerodynamic ParticleSizer (UVAPS) Mini FlowCytometer (FCM). BiologicalDetector (BD). ChemicalBiological Mass Spectrometer(CBMS). Detection tickets (Hand-held assay). Central InformationProcessor (CIP) that will interfacewith the FCM, UVAPS and BDsystem. In addition to thedetection suite, the P3I BIDS willuse the following equipment:Electronic Technical Manual onnotebook computerPortable refrigerators (2 each).TACMET Meteorological Sensor.Communications: Harris, 400-Watt Frequency-Single Side BandRadio and SINCGARS AN/VRC 90,Radio Set Adjustable operatorschairs (2 each). HP Laser Printer.Environmental Control Units(18,000 BTUH Air Conditioner)M93 Gas particulate filter unit.
INSIDE BIDS CONT’Sample Collection and Set upduring biological attack
BIDS SampleCollectionCollects all unknownsubstances in test tubes…