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wv v,journalpress.com THE JOURNAL Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 9 Iness DAHLGREN, Va. - The U.S. Navy NSWCDD Office of Research and signed an exclusive license agree- Technology Applications manager. ment with a Virginia-based small "This technology transfer not only business Sept. 7 to permit the menu- provides the decontamination prod- facture of a lifesaving decontamina- uct to the warfighter off-the-shelf- it tion technology for warfighters and will also be incorporated into prod- first responders nationwide, ucts to support first responders and The 'Dahlgren Decon' decontami- the general public." nation solution - developed to de- The formulation has a variety of fend warfighters against chemical, potential applications as a commer- biological, and radiological agents - cial antimicrobial or pesticide. is protected under several patents by "Thank you for being our part- Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahl- ner in this and seeing the promise, gren Division (NSWCDD). running with it, and being a mass "The fact that we've been able to producer" Durant told Kapoor, re- partner with industry and actually garding product development for the get this out beyond what Dahlgren decontamination technology to be would be able to do on our own is transformed into civilian products a huge step forward for the Navy, and available off-the-shelf for warf- DoD, and our nation," said Capt. ighters. Brian Durant, NSWCDD command- The Dahlgren Decon solution will ing officer at the commemorative li- neutralize a wide range of substanc- cense signing ceremony held on the es, from toxic industrial chemicals University of Mary Washington's and materials to chemical warfare Dahlgren campus, and biological agents. The new de- NSWCDD researchers worked contamination solution has a mod- for more than a decade to develop erate pH and does not generate tox- and test this revolutionary response ic-byproducts. to chemical and biological warfare Moreover, it's proven to be the agents. 'most effective decontamination "A lot of inventors from the Dahl- technology against chemical and gren side made a powerful decon- biological agents. With a neutral- taminant and now it's just a matter ization and kill time of just a few of getting it out to the market," said minutes, Dahlgren Decon is now Amit Kapoor, president of First Line the fastest reacting decontamination Technology, LLC, after signing the agent when compared to other com- exclusive license agreement. "We mercial products on the market or in want to bridge the gap and take it out development. to the first responders and help the "This is the home run oftechnolo- warfighter, ensuring they have the gy transfer and doesn't happen with- best of the best." out a lot of contributors;' said Chris In effect, NSWCDD worked with Hodgel NSWCDD scientist and First Line Technology - a disadvan- Dahlgren Decon inventor. "We cal- taged and minority-owned small culated that everybody in the branch business - to develop a transition (an NSWCDD chemical, biological plan for providing U.S. first respond- and radiological defense group) plus ers with technology that defends collaborators in every service as well the general public from hazardous as industry and academia all contrib- threats, uted to make this happen, rm thank- "We are proud to support Presi- ful for their hard work and very dent Obama's Presidential Memo- proud to represent the team" U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Durant and Amit Kapoor sign an exclusive license agreement authorizing First Line Technology LLC to manufacture Navy pat- ented lifesaving decontamination technology for warfighters and first responders. The'Dahlgren Decon' decontamination solution - developed to defend U.S. troops against chemical, biological, and radiological agents - is protected under several patents by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Durant, NSWCDD commanding officer, and Kapoor, First Line Technology president, emphasized the importance of the technology transfer that will equip first responders across the nation with technology to defend the public from hazardous threats."This is the home run of technology transfer and doesn't happen without a lot of contributors," said Chris Hodge, NSWCDD scientist and Dahlgren Decon inventor, standing. Hodge and his team worked for more than a decade to develop and test this revolutionary response to chemical and biological warfare agents The current U.S. military decon- tamination solutions - Decon For- mulation 200 (DF 200) and High Test Hypochlorite (HTH) - are effective. randum, 'Accelerating Technology The team ensured that the perox- However, HTH is highly corrosive Transfer and Commercialization of ygen-based chemical and biologi- to equipment while DF200 requires Federal Research in Support of cal decontamination formulation contact times as l.o g as 3O minutes. High-Growth Businesses', by pro- qS': riendly to eqttil6tnemt, , and Both ....... solutions" contain' components .... viding technology to a small local the environment without sacrificing that are harsh on equipment, users, business," said Lorraine Harting, speed and efficacy, and the environment. Dahlgren Decon - extensively - just add water. The active solutions pability to expand NSWCDD-devel- tested by Hodge and his team since peracid oxidizers tackle an array of oped technology reflects the Navy's 1999 - minimizes those issues while targets in minutes without solvents technology transfer objective to ac- maintaining high efficacy against a and without sacrificing useable life tively share its dual-use technology, wide panel of chemical and biologi- once mixed" facilities, and expertise with the U.S. cal threats. A large body of data, including live public and private sector, and incor- "The solution is easy to use," agent testing resultS', ' porate nto the Navy commercially Hodge points out. "The active ingre- support additi6ha[ le rel IISm' hf .... availabl 'techn'ology that supports dient ships as an easy-to-handle sol- efforts and registration filings, mission-related needs. id and stores wells. Activation is fast This example of U.S. industry's ca- DAHLGREN, Va. - Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division engineers completed a restrained firing test of the Longbow Hellfire missile for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module, the Navy announced Oct. 6. The Longbow Hellfire missile - un- dergoing developmental testing for incorporation into the SSMM - is part of the Littoral Combat Ship sur- face warfare mission package. Navy officials consider the test a major milestone proving the SSMM missile launch module's ability to withstand heat and fire in the event of an unplanned rocket motor igni- tion. Prior to integrating and testing the Longbow Hellfire missile aboard a Littoral Combat Ship, a series of tests must be accomplished to prove the safety of the system. "This critical test concludes an- other vital step in a series of efforts that will lead to the fielding of this tremendous capability to LCS and to the Fleet," said Capt. Ted Zobel, pro- gram manager for the LCS Mission Module Program, after the test event held at the NSWCDD Explosive Ex- perimental Area. The missile exhaust containment structure test is designed to duct missile exhaust and fire through ple- num exhaust chambers in the top of the LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module. One live Longbow Hellfire missile -- with an inert warhead and a nonfunctional guidance sec- tion -- was fired but restrained in the launcher. As the missile's rocket motor burned, exhaust and flames ducted properly through the MECS ple- nums. The test verified the MECS could prevent ignition exhaust fire from escaping into other missile modules. In all, three mass-simulated Long- bow Hellfire missiles and eight mass- simulated missiles with inert rocket motors were situated with the live missile to help evaluate the missile exhaust containment structure's ef- fectiveness. The Navy is planning to deploy the Longbow Hellfire missile capabil- ity aboard a Littoral Combat Ship by December 2017. Structural test firing from an LCS is scheduled to occur by March 2017. A Longbow Hellfire Missile rocket motor burns while being restrained within the container during a recent test of the missile exhaust contain- ment structure at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's Explosive Experimental Area. 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