One hundred and twenty UK military personnel are currentlyÂ helping with the general decontamination of Salisbury, following the poisoning of former Russian double spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Both have since recovered.
Extra British personnel were deployed toÂ begin decontamination work onÂ Sergei Skripal’s homeÂ in Salisbury earlier this month.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Following the reckless nerve agent attack in Salisbury this year, we have seen the bravery and professionalism of our Armed Forces, emergency services and MoD scientists.
“They have worked tirelessly to investigate and clean up deadly contaminated areas.
“This project will ensure we stay at the forefront of dealing with such heinous attacks, whether on our streets or on foreign battlefields.”
Major John Green, Military Advisor CBR Division for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), which is leading Project Minerva, said: “The military is putting a lot of time and effort into CBRN [chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear] and Minerva could have a significant effect on our capability and potentially decrease the training burden.