Radiation Detection System

Radiation Detection System
Radiation Detection System

Project summary

The Government of Canada is replacing three detection systems currently in service with a single common sensor called the radiation detection system.

The new system will be lightweight, and used for close support radiation surveys, monitoring, triage, contamination checks and reconnaissance.

The system is designed to be used during radiological and nuclear events. 

Project phases

Phase 3: Definition

Currently in Phase 4: Implementation

  • December 9, 2013
Options analysis
  • Ongoing
  • Project approval definition: April 2017
  • Project approval implementation: December 2017
  • First delivery:  December 2019
  • Initial operational capability: December 2019
  • Full operational capability: December 2020
  • March 2021 

Additional information

Project updates

The Canadian Armed Forces is cooperating with the United States and the United Kingdom. These countries are also developing a joint, light, single, modern ionizing radiation detection system with similar capability requirements.

Benefiting Canadian industry


The project will be fulfilled using a competitive bidding strategy.

Technical information
  • The radiation detection system will deliver a light, multi-purpose detection and exposure measurement capability for gamma, beta, alpha, neutron detection
  • The detection of different types of radiation will be done through the use of interchangeable probes, which will make the system much more flexible
  • Distinct user groups will purchase only certain probes depending on the operational requirement, thus saving money and reducing the burden to the user even further
  • The system will replace the three detection system with a single one
Project costs

To be determined.

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