Indra has deliveredto the European Defense Agency (EDA) a forensic analysis laboratory for improvised explosive devices, ready for a team of 20 specialists to work with samples found at scenes of such attacks and to compile information on the techniques, tactics and procedures employed.
The delivery comes after a successful series of tests was conducted on the system by the EDA in Spain and Holland. Indra has also provided training to specialists who will work at the facility with the laboratory equipment.
The system is currently located at the explosives ordnance disposal center in Soesterberg, Holland, a country that is spearheading the multinational Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory program (JDEAL).
The 13 countries taking part in the program, including Spain, aim to jointly develop a series of tools and capabilities to be shared between them. The Indra laboratory will help train experts in a number of different countries and may be transported to specific areas of operations should
contributing Member States so require.
The laboratory is comprised of 13 modular containers, allowing for a range of configurations to ensure the laboratory may be tailored to each specific mission. It will be ready for on-site gathering of samples from NRBQe (Nuclear, Radiological, Biological, Chemical and explosives) attacks, and to perform biometric and chemical forensic analyses on any traces found, including electronic functioning system devices.
This is the second laboratory of its kind that Indra has developed for the EDA. The company delivered a smaller such laboratory that successfully supported the ISAF force in Afghanistan from August 2011 until its withdrawal in late 2014. During this period the laboratory completed over 300 monthly analyses of devices, artifacts, materials and traces associated with attacks.
The laboratory now delivered by the company features numerous design improvements. These include greater capacity for preliminary gathering of high-risk samples, documentary analysis and chemical and biometric analysis.
Date: Mar 2, 2016