Technologies developed for portable long-distance chemical weapon detection equipment

By Lim Chang-won Posted : December 8, 2021, 11:32 Updated : December 8, 2021, 11:32

[Courtesy of ADD]

SEOUL -- South Korea's state-run agency has acquired core technologies that can detect chemical weapons early and monitor the spread of fatal pollutants in real-time from a long distance by using two-dimensional infrared ray images and spectroscopic analysis. Developers will seek commercialization through technology transfer to private companies.

The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) said its technology can reduce the weight of detection equipment for installation on the move and in reconnaissance planes and other systems. It will help South Korea  secure an effective early response to chemical weapon threats by visualizing the spreading path of chemical weapons

For the localization of chemical weapon detection equipment, ADD has tried to secure independent technologies related to long-distance chemical image detection based on lightweight hyperspectral imaging and intelligent detection algorithms. Hyperspectral images are continuous spectrum data representing the characteristics of an object through hundreds of continuous wavelength information by adding spectroscopic technology to spatial information.

The agency said that its research would focus on developing core technologies that can detect chemical and biological weapons from a long distance. North Korea claims to possess no chemical weapons, but it is thought to be among the world's largest possessors of chemical weapons. Data from the state-run Korea Institute for Defense Analyses showed North Korea is believed to possess 25 types of chemical weapons.

Military experts in Seoul say North Korea is able to produce most types of chemical weapons and deliver them through artillery, missiles, and aircraft. Pyongyang s suspected of contributing to Syria's chemical weapons program. In 2009, Greece seized 14,000 chemical suits from a North Korean ship believed to have been bound for Syria.

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