Kromek secures multi-million pound contract

Kromek secures multi-million pound contract

North East radiation detection technology company, Kromek Group plc, has secured a contract for over £4m with DARPA, an agency of the US Department of Defense.

The Sedgefield-based company has been selected by DARPA to provide personal radiation detectors as part of DARPA’s Sigma programme, part of its cost-effective homeland defence strategy.

It was announced last October that the agency would award a sole contract to Kromek to produce D3S, the personal radiation detector.

Kromek will develop a personal detection system for gamma and neutron radiation that can be combined with other similar systems to form large networks which can provide information that may target terrorist activity, such as a dirty bomb, over an extended area.

Arnab Basu, chief executive officer of Kromek, said: “The detector technologies we have developed have significant potential for various applications in a number of other major US Government agency programmes requiring similar capability.

"We expect our work with DARPA will enable us to continue to provide innovative solutions to them and others seeking to protect against acts of terrorism.”