Accession Number:

ADB119415

Title:

Reliability of M256 Chemical Agent Detector Kit at Extreme Environmental Temperatures

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY DUGWAY PROVING GROUND UT TECHNICAL ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION OFFICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The M256 chemical agent detector kit is used to detect and classify hazardous concentrations of nerve, blister, and blood agents in vapor and liquid states. This device has been tested and shown to be reliable in a wide range of climatic conditions. However, at extreme cold temperatures, the kit needs to be kept warm to ensure that all of the reagents are in a liquid state. In hot climates, the evaporation of the reagents can be a problem especially when the wind velocity is high. Instruction on the use of the M256 kit under extreme temperatures are given in Operators Manual, TM 3-6665-307-10 September 1985. The instructions given in FM 3-4 to Discard the frozen kit is wrong. The kits can be used after they are thawed. Keywords Chemical warfare, Chemical agent detection, Nerve agent, Blister agent, Blood agent, Detector kit, Extreme temperatures.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE