IFE14: Detecting the smoking gun – how voluntary contributions make a difference
In addition to the regular budget of US$ 10 million for the Integrated Field Exercise (IFE14), voluntary and in-kind contributions by CTBTO Member States for this exercise through the provision of equipment amount to another US$ 10 million. This state-of-the-art equipment makes a crucial difference by augmenting the CTBTO’s capabilities to carry out most of the 17 on-site inspection techniques foreseen by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
This collaboration has been very successful. The instrumentation inside of the container is working quite well. We’ve been able to exercise many samples on the xenon system, and soon we’ll be exercising argon samples on the argon system.James Hayes, noble gas expert
This unique collaboration brings together a highly sensitive analyzer for radioxenon developed by researchers in Sweden with funding from the European Union, and a sophisticated analyzer for the radioactive noble gas argon 37 developed by China, the only field-mobile device of its kind in the world. Both devices work in synergy in a single work flow.
Additionally, a second Chinese system also separates the radioxenon, which is measured on either a Russian-developed Silica Pin detector, or by the high purity germanium detectors provided by Britain’s Atomic Weapons Establishment. All equipment is housed in a special field lab container developed by the U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
A total of nine countries plus the European Union have provided contributions in kind to IFE14: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. See complete list of equipment (PDF) provided as contributions in kind for IFE14.
IFE14 in Jordan will prove that CTBT on-site inspections are a viable deterrent against would-be Treaty violators. With a range of new techniques envisaged by the CTBT but never used before in on-site inspection-related tests and exercises, IFE14 will take our capabilities to a new level. Oleg Rozhkov, Director of the On-Site Inspection Division and IFE14 Project Executive
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