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DWT showcases the Drop Puck System at CBOA

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Military Personell using DWT's DropPuck Base Station

FORT STORY, VA - Design West Technologies (DWT), a defense contractor that brings innovative engineering solutions to warfighters through weapons and CBRN systems, attended the fourth annual Chemical & Biological Operational Assessment (CBOA).

This Joint Force engagement is a scenario-based, live field exercise that provides DTRA technologists with essential end-user feedback. This feedback is then used to directly enhance the development of warfighter capabilities in a chemical or biological contested environment through steering developmental course corrections or confirmations, and system vulnerability and limitation analysis. The event took place at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, Va., from May 24-28, 2021.

DWT Engineer showcasing the DropPuck canister and release mechanism to military personell

The CBOA concept derived from the need to establish a solid Scientist-to-Warfighter line of communication to bridge capability and usability gaps that can occur during the conception to battlefield development cycle. During a CBOA, technology prototypes from industry, government laboratories and academia are put in the hands of the warfighter to use while conducting realistic missions in adaptive scenarios. This year’s event will provide Military operators the opportunity to provide candid input into form, fit-function and concepts of employment for 33 technology prototypes and 18 emerging technology concepts.

This assessment exercise provides a unique learning venue to further the understanding of military challenges and their potential solutions. Military operator feedback informs current and future capability documents that drive design decisions, informs future acquisition decisions, accelerates the delivery of military useful capabilities to the warfighter and increases the likelihood of success across the doctrine, organization, training, material, leader development, personnel, and facilities domains.

Design West Technologies showcased their DropPuck System, a system that is an effective, small footprint sensor technology targeting Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) with low power, long range wireless communication, and deployable at low cost. DWT was able to integrate the DropPuck system with multiple kinds of deployment vehicles (UGV, UAV).

About Design West Technologies:

DWT is a vertically integrated engineering and precision manufacturing company providing effective and innovative solutions for our defense and commercial customers for over 25 years. DWT’s multi-disciplinary technical team of scientists, engineers, and manufacturing experts provide full life-cycle support with a proven performance of excellence.

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About DTRA:

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is the DoD Agency that confronts WMD challenges and emerging threats. Our mission is to protect the United States and its allies by enabling the DoD and international partners to detect, deter, and defeat WMD and threat networks. As both a Defense Agency and Combat Support Agency, DTRA preserves peace and prepares for uncertainty by delivering innovative capabilities, objective analysis, effective programs, and world-class expertise.

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Original Article: Gardner, D. (2021, May 17). DTRA Kicks-off Fourth Chemical & Biological Operational Assessment. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.