Smiths Detection Supplies Mobile Weather Systems to U.S. Marines

Smiths Detection today announced a $9 million contract to supply the U.S. Navy with mobile weather information systems that support mission planning and military operations.

The METMF(R) NEXGEN systems, which provide tactical meteorological support by continuous observations, satellite imagery and forecasts, will be operated by the U.S. Marine Air Ground Task Force. Manufactured in Smiths Detection’s Edgewood, Md. plant, they are due for delivery by January 2013.

Bob Bohn, vice president of sales for Smiths Detection, said: “We have provided sophisticated meteorological systems to the military for more than 60 years. Smiths Detection’s advanced technology and integration experience, coupled with an intimate understanding of customer needs, allows us to deliver a maximum-value solution that provides the optimum environmental picture of a battle space.”

The truck-mounted METMF(R) NEXGEN analyses data from a variety of sources to provide a complete picture of current and future weather patterns, within minutes. The system helps the military make critical decisions on the battlefield using information from both ground-based sensors and satellites. It is also ruggedized to cope with extreme environments.

For technical specifications and photos of the METMF(R) NEXGEN, please visit:

Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has plants in eight U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states. For more information on its U.S. operations: U.S. Fact Book.


Chad Kolton, 202-789-4365
Smiths Detection,
Dana Knox-Gower, Director of Marketing Communications, 203-207-9726

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