Detecting and identifying radiation

The SaphyRAD radiation survey meter (photo credit: Bertin Technologies)

SaphyRAD has nothing to do with precious stones but everything to do with detecting radiation. Developed by Bertin Instruments to replace the French armed forces’ decades-old DOM 410 and DOM DOR 309 radiation detectors, the SaphyRAD radiation survey meter will be known in France as the DOM 420.

Equipped with a wider choice of more sophisticated sensors than the previous generation of radiation detector, the SaphyRAD also has a bigger, coloured, screen on which the operator will be able to see not only the radiation measurements but, and this is another novelty, the type of radation involved.

SaphyRAD comes in various different sets, depending on what the customer wants, in its own case. The one exhibited at the Milipol Show being held this week in Paris is the most sophisticated with six different sensors, including one that can be put onto a wound to see whether there is any radiation there.

The French defence ministry has ordered 1,500 SaphyRADs. It is currently evaluating the first of the production series with validation expected for the end of the first semester 2018 and full production is expected to start at the end of 2018. About 100 a month will be delivered over a period of a year and half or so.

The company told FOB that although it has not yet begun an export marketing campaign, “many armed forces” have already expressed interest in the SaphyRAD because, like their French counterparts, their current radiation measurements devices are at least 30 years old and are thus ready to be replaced.