SABRE 5000

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Chemical Trace Detector | Handheld Trace Detector for Explosives, Chemical Agents, and Toxic Industrial Chemicals or Narcotics

  SABRE 5000 Brochure The SABRE 5000 is a handheld explosive and narcotics explosive trace detector made by Smiths Detection. The explosive detection SABRE 5000 is lightweight, easy to use, and effective.

Chemical Trace Detector | The SABRE 5000

The SABRE 5000 is the smallest, lightest tri-mode handheld system available for detecting trace amounts of explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, or narcotics.

With its ability to detect a wide range of threats, it is a cost-effective instrument for security professionals and military agencies that require portability and flexibility to perform their duties.

Using the Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology the SABRE 5000 is programmed to detect and identify over 40 threat substances in approximately 20 seconds. Threats such as common peroxide-based, volatile and unstable chemicals often used to construct IED and ammonium nitrate commonly used in home-made explosives.

The SABRE 5000 (Chemical Trace Detector) is capable of analyzing either trace particle or vapor samples. The operator can select the best analysis method for the suspected threat to yield the most accurate analysis results. Switching between sampling modes takes seconds.

The ASV-Explosives mode offers optimized detection in both negative and positive mode for an increased range of explosives detection.

Chemical Detection Equipment | Feature Highlights | SABRE 5000 

  • Smallest, lightest tri-mode (Explosives, Narcotics, CWA/TICs) detector available 
  • Optimized detection of peroxides (used in home-made explosive devices) in vapor mode 
  • Faster clear down with truncated alarm 
  • Self-diagnostics with maintenance 
  • Continuous automatic vapor sampling in both positive and negative modes for CWA/TIC detection 
  • Protective cover with shoulder strap 
  • 2-hour battery


  • Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS)

Radiation source

  • 63Ni, sealed 15 mCi

Sample collection

  • Trace particle and vapor

Operating modes

  • Explosives, Narcotics, Chemical warfare agents/Toxic industrial chemicals

Explosives detected

  • RDX, PETN, TNT, Semtex, TATP, NG, Ammonium Nitrate, H2O2 and others

Drugs detected

  • Cocaine, Heroin, THC, Methamphetamine and others

Chemical warfare agents detected

  • Nerve and blister agents such as Tabun, Sarin, Soman, Cyclosarin, Agent VX and Vx

Toxic industrial chemicals detected

  • Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), Phosgene, SO, NH and others


  • Particle: low nanogram range
  • Vapor: low parts per million range

False alarm rate

  • Less than 1%

Input voltage

  • 12VDC, 110 VAC / 220 VAC, 50-60 Hz

Alarm type

  • Audio and visual, with substance identification
  • Display 8.89cm (3.5in) TFT color display


  • English, French, German and Spanish

Ready time

  • Under 15 minutes

Analysis time

  • Detection in 10 seconds, complete analysis in 20 seconds

Battery operating time

  • 4 hours


  • 3.2kg (7lbs.) with the 4 hour battery


  • 36.3cm x 11cm x 13cm (14.5 x 4 x 4.5in)

Operating temperature range

  • 0° to +40°C (32° to 104°F)

Operating humidity

  • 0 to 95% non-condensing


  • Protective cover with shoulder strap
  • 2 hour battery
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