Proengin’s first activities in the nineteen seventies were mainly studies of special products for the defense industry. Several products developed were related to the production of energy, monitoring of gases within submarines and the production and storage of hydrogen.
The first prototypes of the AP2C were delivered to the French Army and used during Desert Storm. Even at the prototype stage the AP2C proved to be effective and reliable even in difficult field conditions. The AP2C was adopted by the French Army and has been manufactured in serial production with approximately 8000 units currently in service. Besides French Forces, civil defense and police, the AP2C has been selected in more than 40 countries including USA (First Responders and Armed Forces), Canada (First Responders and Armed Forces), Israel (Armed Forces and Police), Japan (Armed Forces) Australia (Armed Forces and Civil Defense), Sweden (Armed Forces, Civil Defense, Coast Guards) UK Royal Air Force, Italy (Air Force, Police), Portugal (Armed Forces), Spain, Singapore, etc.
Different accessories were developed as well as different versions of the AP2C (AP2C V for reconnaissance vehicles, ADLIF for Naval Ships & fixed sites), and the reliability of the technology has been proven.
After military operations in Yugoslavia the French Forces requested the capability to detect a wider range of Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Materials. Proengin developed the AP4C using the same technology (Flame spectrometry) and incorporated additional algorithms to detect a wider range of chemicals. The AP4C has been satisfactorily tested by laboratories and operational users and selected by various organizations including the Singapore Customs were the instrument will be used 24/7 in difficult environmental conditions. Vey recently, Canadian forces have selected the AP4C as their new detector within the frame of the CAS program.
Besides chemical detection, Proengin has used the same technology (Flame spectrometry) to develop a biological alarm monitor, the MAB. The MAB, which has been already selected and used by several military forces detects and classifies biological airborne particles based of their chemical composition. The MAB is an example of the easy adaptation of the AP2C Technology to other type of threats.