Kromek to support DARPA's SIGMA dirty bomb detection programme


UK-based radiation detection company Kromek has secured two separate contracts from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) SIGMA programme.

The SIGMA programme aims to develop an advanced personal detection system for gamma and neutron radiation that can be combined with other such systems to form large networks to detect radiation signatures over an extended area.

The technology used could provide early warning about acts of terrorism such as a 'dirty bomb'.

Valued at $6m, the deal requires the company to supply spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (D3S) in support of the programme.

The second contract, which is valued at $0.75m, covers the supply of 12,000 inductive charging packs for D3S detectors and associated mobile devices.

"The D3S is the world's first fully approved combined gamma and neutron detector available in volume shipment."

Deliveries under the contract will commence immediately and are expected to continue during the next financial year.

The inductive charging pack provides a long battery life for the detectors, and can be recharged and recalibrated when necessary.

Kromek CEO Arnab Basu said: "The D3S is the world's first fully approved combined gamma and neutron detector available in volume shipment and at a market leading unit price of $400, which is also available to other user organisations buying over 10,000 detectors in a single procurement.

"It is a significant breakthrough for us and we are pleased to have achieved the technological advancement that has enabled DARPA to be ahead of their own original programme performance expectations. We look forward to successfully delivering on the contract."