After last week’s deadly terrorist attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara, along with the horrific shootings in Paris and the downing of a Russian airplane in Syria, Western governments are once again on red alert. Worse still, there is now an increasing concern that these atrocities could go nuclear, as Islamic State (ISIS) may have recently acquired enough “highly dangerous" radioactive material from a Syrian warehouse, in order to create a ‘dirty bomb’
A terrifying prospect that, if detonated, would wreak havoc in large cities like New York. Not only causing death and destruction at the blast zone, but also widespread contamination of public areas potentially to be cordoned off for weeks or months.
This is why the US Department and Defense (DoD), via its DARPA division (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), has just placed two landmark orders with Kromek worth $6.75m in total, to help safeguard the nation from dirty bombs.
Possible mass adoption of D3S in the US
The first is a $6m agreement to supply 12,000 of its patented ‘on body’ D3S portable radiation detectors (see next page, with chargers), to be delivered over the next 15 months. What’s more, DARPA’s long term vision is to establish a comprehensive security blanket across large swathes of the country – meaning that this contract could ultimately be expanded to cover literally 100ks (if not millions) of government employees under one huge integrated network.
Better still, the $500/unit price point is a global first, and we understand active discussions are already in motion with at least 2-3 other major customers to deploy this patented technology. CEO Arnab Basu adding “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. 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 expectations.”