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Chemical Agent Monitor

Primary function: Post-attack chemical agent surveying/monitoring
Operational configuration:
Length: 17 inches (43.18 centimeters)
Width: 4 inches (10.16 centimeters)
Height: 7 inches (17.78 centimeters)
Weight: 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms)
Storage/Shipping configuration:
Length: 20 inches (50.8 centimeters)
Width: 6 inches (15.24 centimeters)
Height: 8.5 inches (21.59 centimeters)
Weight: 7 pounds (3.18 kilograms)
Agent concentration detectability: 0.1 mg/m2
Response time: less than 60 seconds for 0.1 mg/m2 of agent
Unit Replacement Cost: $6,500

Features: The CAM is a hand-held, man-operated device for monitoring chemical agent contamination on personnel and equipment. The CAM has two controls: an on/off push button switch and a mode select push button switch which selects the blister or nerve-agent mode of operation. The CAM detects vapors of chemical agents by sensing molecular ions of specific mobilities (time of flight) and uses timing and microprocessor techniques to reject inferences. It can detect and discriminate between vapors of nerve and blister agents and display the relative concentration. The Marine CAM also detects and discriminates between other agents.

Inventory: 2656 are currently fielded. The acquisition objective is 2751. 97% (2656) of the AO is funded and will be met by fiscal year 1995.

Date last modified: 12/14/95

Last Modified on June 17, 1999