For many automated fire suppression systems onboard military vehicles, the nominal time-to-fire-out, after detection by thermal or light sensors, is 250 milliseconds. Because of this critical requirement, detailed evaluation of new fire suppression systems installed onboard military vehicles requires measurements of fuels, oxidizers, fire suppressants, and combustion products with a time resolution of 10 milliseconds or better.

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