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Hamburg, 29.03.2021: The threat posed by nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in modern warfare has been increasing since the early 1950s. The protection available initially consisted of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gas masks and PPE protective clothing.

ENGIE Axima Germany, at that time still under the name NOSKE-KAESER, developed the NBC protection unit SLG900 in cooperation for and with the public client, which was based on products of the earlier compact NBC filter technology of the early 1980s. However, this protective unit was very maintenance-intensive.

With the SLM900, ENGIE Axima Germany developed a highly flexible and modular ABC system at the beginning of the 2000s, which was also easier to use and less maintenance-intensive. Due to climatic restrictions, the use of this system was initially limited to the northern hemisphere.

In order to emphasize the importance of chemical, biological, but also radiological threats, which had increased significantly during the Cold War, the term NBC protection was renamed to CBRN protection (for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear).

ENGIE Axima Germany has now developed a protection system that is based on both NATO and class requirements (BV / MIL / STANAG / DefStan) and takes the newly classified threats into account. This protection system, called CBRNflex, can filter 1800 m³ / h of contaminated air (3,600 m³ / h as a double unit), contains heat exchangers for arctic and tropical zones and is able to meet a wide range of environmental requirements in terms of temperature and humidity. The shock and vibration requirements also correspond to the standards of the classes MIL, DefStan and BV and meet the highest shock resistance (up to 200 g). Equipped with a large number of other functions, the CBRNflex can also be installed on other platforms such as merchant ships or buildings threatened by CBRN attacks.

With it´s high level of reliability, less maintenance and excellent functionality, the CBRNflex is a state-of-the-art protection system that meets all requirements.

Further technical details can be found in our recently published article in the current issue of the trade journal NAVAL FORCES.

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