JBSDS Increment II Tech Demo III – SINBAHD performances


  1. Buteau, S.
  2. Tremblay, V.
  3. Simard, J-R.
  4. Nadeau, D.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
SINBAHD, a lidar sensor based on spectrometric UV laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) developed by Defence R&D Canada by the end of the 1990s, was invited to participate in the JBSDS (Joint Biological Standoff Detection System) Increment II Tech Demo III trial. This opportunity was made possible through the task group on laser-based standoff detection of biological agents (RTG-55) under RTO SET-098 and the Standoff Biodetection Working Group (SBWG) under the CBR ASCAUKUS MOU. This international trial, which took place at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), Utah, in August 2007, intended to challenge different sensor technologies to detect various biological simulants and interferents. In total, 91 releases were performed in the Joint Ambient Breeze Tunnel (JABT) and 16 in open air during the two-week trial. The LIF from each disseminated material was spectrally characterized and the extracted signatures were added to the library. Most of the biological agent simulants tested showed distinct spectral features and the material preparation had an impact on their spectral characteristics. Correlation assessment between the SINBAHD standoff sensor and the Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (APS) point sensor was done, allowing an estimation of SINBAHD’s sensitivity in particles per litre (ppl). For a 20- m cloud at a range of 1260 m, the extracted sensitivity for BG and EH is around 1.7 kppl and less than 12 ppl, respectively.

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2010-086 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Oct 2010
Number of Pages
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