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Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


The Area Detection and Identification System (ADIS) project aims to provide an early-warning system for airborne chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals using standoff detection technologies. This project will exploit the Compact Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer Engineering Development Model (CATSI-EDM), a standoff detector developed and validated by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Valcartier.


Leveraging the existing CATSI-EDM technology, the ADIS project will facilitate the development and procurement of systems following prototype maturation. The contract will include personnel training, as well as two years of in-service support following final system delivery. CATSI-EDM provides a transportable, optical-based, standoff sensor system capable of detecting and identifying chemical substances at a distance. ADIS would be used to protect large areas such as bases, airfields and harbours. The system could also be used during reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering operations, with potential novel applications for explosives standoff detection.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $20 million to $49 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2016 Contract Award
  • 2019 Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence & Operational Support
Phone: 613-996-8006

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