26 June 2013 chemring.co.uk
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 of performance.
“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.