Chemring Detection Systems has been awarded three contracts to work on the US Army's next-generation chemical detector (NGCD) technology development (TD) programme.
Awarded by the Army Contracting Command (ACC), the cost-plus-incentive-fee contracts have a combined value of $3.9m and also include options that could take the total value to $21.3m.
Chemring Sensors & Electronic Systems president Tom Thebes said: "These awards are a reflection of the innovative and cost-effective solutions being developed and proposed by our NGCD programme team.
"More importantly, these sensors will provide enhanced capabilities in protecting both our soldiers and civilians from the growing threat of chemical and other toxic agents that our enemies use around the world."
The NGCD TD programme defines requirements for three variants, including a multi-sample identifier, a surface contaminant locator and a platform / site-air monitor.
The variants are being developed to detect, identify, quantify, alarm to and report on diverse chemical species in any phase of matter, and are expected to support multiple mission events, including chemical release, site assessment and decontamination.
Managed by the joint project manager for nuclear, biological and chemical contamination avoidance (JPM-NBC-CA), the NGCD programme includes a portable system for the detection and location of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) on environmental surfaces.
As well as CWAs, the system is expected to support the detection of toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and non-traditional agents (NTAs), in support of the chemical biological radiological nuclear (CBRN) defence programmes.
Work under the contracts is expected to be performed at Chemring's facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.