Neutralizing and Transporting CBRNe Threats


By Jakusz

The Polish company Jakusz introduces their range of mobile, gas-tight, explosion-proof containers for neutralizing and transporting CBRNe and HAZMAT threats.

Defense and security organs worldwide are paying increasing attention to threats of a CBRN, HAZMAT, or explosive nature. Terrorist and criminal organizations in particular have ample opportunities to use these materials to achieve their goals, and the likelihood of such an attack is currently high. This is primarily due to their relatively high availability, low acquisition costs, and versatility. All this requires appropriate countermeasures to detect the threat early and, foremost, equipment to neutralize or minimize its effects.

Jakusz’s Equipment for Protection Against CBRNe Hazards 

One of the solutions providing this type of capability are gas-tight explosion-proof containers manufactured by Jakusz. For many years, the Polish company has been designing, implementing, and integrating technologically advanced containers protecting against the effects of explosives detonation and terrorist charges that may contain chemical, biological, or radioactive materials.  

The containers meet ADR and RID requirements for road and rail transport, and can be fully integrated with and installed on trailers, mobile platforms, and other vehicles, or even adapted for installation on robotic drive units or pick-up chassis. They are designed for special forces, border guards, police, EOD units, and public security services. All containers are field-tested and certified by research institutes. They have been named with female names: ANKA (20g TNT), ALA (120g TNT), AGATA (500g TNT), ALEXA (1.5kg TNT), PAULA (5kg TNT), EVA PLUS (5kg TNT / 100mm caliber bullet), EVA (8kg TNT). 

Demand of EOD Units in Many Countries 

Providing a solution to a range of explosive threats, Jakusz has developed and implemented gas-tight explosion-proof containers of various sizes and TNT-equivalent resistance, enabling appropriate action to be taken in both emergency and crisis situations arising from the use or detonation of CBRNe or other hazardous materials. The gas-tight design of the explosion-proof containers provides a maximum degree of protection against shockwaves, fires, fragmentation, and CBRNe safety reinforcement. The containers enable rapid isolation and repeated safe transport of suspicious cargoes with a maximum weight from 20g to 8kg in TNT equivalence outside the occupied zone.  

The design of the containers allows for sampling of post-detonation gases from the closed container, checking the pressure inside the container body, and venting the gases after detonation. Additionally, samples taken into special cylinders can be submitted for further analysis in specialized laboratories. The sampling kits are easy to use and include the instrumentation and procedures necessary for proper sampling. Furthermore, the sampling system can be equipped with a chemical contamination analyzer and a gamma ray detector.

EOD vehicle IRIS with gas-tight container EVA (5 kg TNT / projectile up to 100 mm). An innovative solution for fast and reliable operations in urban areas, © Jakusz 

The containers manufactured by Jakusz can be placed close to the threat and move in small spaces and high-traffic areas, as well as field, war, or emergency situations. Remote operation by wire or radio, a fully automated system for opening and closing the container, and cooperation with an EOD robot enables operation without human intervention. Currently, armies, police forces, border guards and laboratories in 17 countries use Jakusz containers for transporting hazardous materials.

Bartosz Jakusz CEO (left) and Marta Rados-Jakusz with the DEFENDER award for the ALEXA lightweight, gas-tight EOD container, awarded at the International Defence Industry Exhibition 2023, © Jakusz 

Civilian Infrastructure 

Attacks using explosives and weapons of mass destruction affect the military, the civilian population, and infrastructure. Whether it be during a state of war, terrorist attacks, or even accidents, in recent times we have seen many incidents that can be qualified as being of a CBRNe or HAZMAT nature. Each such incident involves a very high degree of risk, and the right equipment is needed to neutralize and mitigate the threat. 

For example, an airport is one facility that could be exposed to a potential threat. If an improvised explosive device or a chemical agent were to be found at an airport, the situation would be dangerous for people and the surrounding infrastructure. Jakusz offers complete solutions for airports to protect people and the surrounding area from the effects of detonating explosives and from toxic substances that may be in luggage or parcels. 

Explosion-proof containers can be integrated into baggage handling systems or form a mobile airport system that can handle hazardous materials without human intervention. Once suspicious baggage is detected by airport X-ray equipment, the cargo is picked up by the mobile explosion-proof container and, once it is automatically closed, the container is ready for transport. The transport of the hazardous material inside the mobile container can take place throughout the airport, including in corridors and elevators. 

Hazardous material can also be placed without human intervention in a remotely operated container. This can then be transported outside the airport using a trailer that meets local road transport regulations and a mid-range towing vehicle such as a Toyota Hilux or Ford Ranger. In addition, Jakusz provides a comprehensive package of training services either at the customer’s premises, or at a company in Poland. To date, Jakusz gas-tight explosion-proof containers have been delivered to airports in Poland, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, Indonesia, Estonia, Egypt, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Slovakia, among others.

PAULA is resistant to 10 times detonation of the equivalent of 5 kg TNT. It protects against terrorist attacks that may contain chemical, biological or radioactive materials. Portable X-ray machines and a pyrotechnic robot together with PAULA form a kit that allows operations without human intervention, © Jakusz

Laboratories and More

Their small size, low weight, and easy maneuverability are undoubted advantages of the ANKA and ALA containers. They can be used for transporting and storing laboratory samples, securing material in post-explosion investigations, and protecting against the effects of an explosion such as shockwaves, pressure waves, acoustic waves, fragmentation, fires, and toxic gases. The use of these containers in accordance with ADR regulations enables explosives and initiating materials such as detonators and primers to be transported on the vehicle.

Jakusz provides proven, tested, and service-used solutions for equipment to protect against explosions and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contamination, supporting the activities of military and civil protection specialists.

Gas-tight explosion-proof container ALA (120g TNT), © Jakusz

Technical Parameters of the Containers

Gas-tight explosion-proof container ANKA (20g TNT) during demonstrations at NCT PRO Challenge Europe, © NCT Consultants

Jakusz Sp. z o.o. is a Polish company with 38 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and implementing innovative equipment and technology solutions in the defense and security market. The company has customers and active operations in 39 countries. Its main customers are military, police, law enforcement formations, airport security services, and ammunition manufacturers. Jakusz Sp. z o.o. conducts extensive research and development activities using company laboratories, and in cooperation with scientific institutes in Poland and abroad. Together, they work to develop new technologies in the field of CBRNe protection, special chemistry, disposal of warfare agents, and protection of classified information.

Jakusz Sp. z o.o., ul. Przemysłowa 40, 83-400 Kościerzyna, Poland 

Secretary’s office +48 58 686 85 27; +48 660 745 148; [email protected]
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