NIITEK Awarded $2.13 Million Contract from the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA)
DULLES, Va. -- June 25, 2013
NIITEK®, Inc., part of the Chemring Sensors and Electronics business unit and
a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), and its academic and
small business partners, have received a $2.13 million dollar contract from
DARPA for the development of a new method for detection of hidden explosives.
This program, part of DARPA’s Methods of Explosive Detection at Standoff
(MEDS) program, is targeting the development of novel sensors designed to
detect unique signatures of explosives. The contract is for an 18-month period
“We are pleased to have been given the opportunity by DARPA to continue the
development of this unique detection capability,” said Juan Navarro, President
of Chemring Sensor and Electronics. “Although the work in this program is
intended to be proof-of-principle experimentation, NIITEK and its partners are
confident that, with proper development, the technology can be transitioned
into a system that could prove useful to both the Department of Defense as
well as domestic security and law enforcement.”
Chemring is a market leading manufacturing business supplying high technology
electronics and energetic products to over sixty countries around the world.
Chemring has a diverse portfolio of products that predominantly protect
military people and platforms, providing insurance against a constantly
changing threat. These range from countermeasures to protect aircraft, to
ground penetrating radar to protect troops and vehicles from improvised
explosive devices. NIITEK, a Chemring company since 2008, is the world leader
in the design, development and production of Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar
("GPR") systems. NIITEK’s Advanced GPR systems are at the leading edge of mine
detection technology with over two hundred systems successfully being used by
US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official
policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.
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