Technological breakthroughs during Ex BRAVE BEDUIN

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More than 340 soldiers from 17 countries gathered in Skive, Denmark, for Exercise BRAVE BEDUIN, a NATO exercise that focuses on warning and reporting transmission systems,  giving the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence community a chance to train and gain experience with procedures, warnings and reporting in a joint environment.

Canada has participated in the exercise for four years and has quickly distinguished itself through innovation. The Sensor Integration and Decision Support (SI & DS)  project is  a world first, and the Directorate of CBRN Defence’s Omnibus Program, aims to modernize the CAF’s CBRN defence equipment.

This year, the Canadian delegation, led by the SI & DS project team, was returning to Skive with a dual purpose: to present the project and get feedback from users in order to perfect the system.

This intuitive system gives commanders and other decision makers information concerning CBRN threats in any given region at a glance. The system gathers CBRN data with sensors placed on the ground and mounted on both manned and unmanned vehicles. They integrate the information from the sensors and process, analyze, and compile the results and display them visually. Then the CBRN threat is presented graphically and superimposed on maps along with the relevant command information. Then commanders are notified of the danger, and  can see, measure, compare, and even forecast how CBRN agents will spread, while still maintaining an image of the overall situation to be managed.

During Ex BRAVE BEDUIN, operators used the SI & DS system to maintain control of an aerodrome located in a German area of responsibility. They demonstrated their operational excellence and their ability to make accurate predictions and provide sound advice to the coalition commander. The Canadian operators were able to determine the contaminated zone to evacuate during a CBRN attack, advise the commander on the defensive measures to take—protective clothing, evacuation and decontamination— create a chart of the contaminated areas and the level of soil contamination, as well as determine the number of casualties. Canada was the only country with the ability to detect biological agents and apply that CBRN capability to Special Forces operations.

CAF participants were able to measure their progress over past years and use the feedback to hone the SI & DS system.

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