Rigaku Analytical Devices has announced that its ResQ CQL 1064 nm Raman analyser has been accepted for chemical identification as part of the US Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO CBRND) programme to modernise the military’s Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits and Outfits (DR SKO) systems, Rigaku writes in a press release  The DR SKO system modernisation programme deploys new and improved kits of technology to Department of Defense (DoD) locations around the world for characterization of suspected chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards. Rigaku’s original handheld 1064 nm Raman-based analyser, the ResQ, was selected in the scope of this this programme in 2019.  Following extensive head-to-head evaluations of a variety of technologies, Rigaku’s portfolio was chosen based on its accuracy, ease of use, ruggedness, and features, Rigaku emphasises.

The Rigaku ResQ CQL analyser was launched in 2018. The 1064 nm Raman-based technology is in use by first responders, border protection, law enforcement, and the military located around the world for identifying chemical threats – such as explosives, chemical warfare agents (CWAs), precursor chemicals, household hazardous chemicals, narcotics, and more. According to the company, unique features of its product line include 4C technology which monitors individual results for precursors that could be used in recipes to manufacture greater threats. The optional QuickDetect Mode allows for the detection of non-visible amounts of a substance based on automated colorimetric technology available on-board the ResQ CQL. This provides both detection and identification on one device.