Development of products for protection against CBRN agents

The DRDO bio-suit is only the recent addition to a series of CBRN defence equipment being produced by India.

CBRN Defence

CBRN or Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defence is the protection against hazardous materials that are chemical, biological or radiological in origin. It involves:

  • Passive protection
  • Avoidance of contamination
  • Mitigation

Such defence products are generally used in protection against CBRN warfare.

Examples of CBRN Agents

  • Chemical agents: nerve agents, toxic industrial chemicals like chlorine, incapacitating agents, riot control agents, toxins, etc.
  • Biological agents: anthrax, botulism, small pox, plague, MERS, SARS, etc.
  • Radiological agents: ionising radiation from radioactive compounds.

CRBN Defence in India

Some of the products in India used for defence against CBRN agents are:

  • NBC Suit Mk V: protects the wearer from chemical vapours, biological agents and radiological dusts.
  • Reusable suit designed by INMAS for first responders to radiological emergencies.
  • Respiratory Mask Mk I and II
  • Automatic chemical agent detector & alarm (ACADA), etc.

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