Telstar joins forces with Indra to build containment lab

To be used by Turkish Ministry of Defence to detect nuclear, biological and chemical contaminants

Containment laboratory supplier Telstar Group has been working with another Spanish firm, Indra Sistemas, to develop a mobile laboratory equipped to carry out the analytical identification of Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical (NRBC) threats for the Turkish Ministry of Defence.

The containment laboratory will detect the presence of high-hazard NRBC contaminants. It is integrated in a module that is easy to transfer to an operations zone and provides users with a clean working space that does not endanger their health, where collected samples can be studied and the results transmitted once they have been obtained. The 20ft module has been standardised to make it easy to transport to the required zone by helicopter or military aircraft.

Indra Sistemas has developed the laboratory, with Telstar Group involved in the design, integration and testing phase.

Telstar says the project acknowledges its technological capacity and knowledge of engineering in the design and development of critical and non-critical integrated facilities for the containment and life sciences field. The firm allocates 3% of its turnover to research, development and innovation in technology.

Future cooperation between the two firms is expected on similar projects at both domestic and international level, and in projects that require mobile, fixed or semi-fixed solutions.

This is not the first time that the Telstar Group has developed this type of modular laboratory for use in high biological risk areas. The firm also designed and manufactured laboratories for the Thai Health Ministry in 2007 to allow it to conduct field tests for the prevention and control of avian flu. The Group has also worked previously with the Spanish Army on the development and supply of a complete system for the treatment of biocontaminated waste.

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