Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD — Innovation isn’t always about creating something completely new. Sometimes it’s about making a good thing better, such as when Army Futures Command recently asked the Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center to study the Joint Service Transportable Decontaminating System Small Scale M26.
The M26 has been a workhorse in the Army’s field decontamination capabilities set since its introduction approximately 15 years ago. The system uses pressurized fresh or salt water for decontaminating chemical warfare agents on people and equipment. At 550 pounds, the system fits in a standard truck bed and can be set up by two people in less than 15 minutes.
“The M26 has been in the inventory for quite some time and will remain in the inventory for the foreseeable future,” said Humberto Galarraga, Chief of the Center’s Chemical Biological Detection, Decontamination, and Protection Engineering Division. “As such, this capability must be supported, modernized, and ready to go when needed.”