What with North Korean missiles whistling over Japan, supreme leader Kim Jong Un threatening nuclear war against America and numerous other terrorist attacks, the world is undoubtedly a dangerous place. Demonstrated again just a fortnight ago, after a ‘lone wolf’ ISIS extremist, managed to explode a home-made ‘pipe-bomb’ in a busy New York underpass near Times Square.
The ‘nightmare scenario’ being if a ‘dirty bomb’ was ever detonated in a major city and/or other strategic location. Not only perhaps killing and injuring thousands of people, but also rendering large swathes of land uninhabitable for months, if not years.
In response, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is developing an advanced early warning system, funded within a 10 year $8.2bn program. Here, Kromek‘s D3S is at the nerve-centre of the network, acting as the ‘eyes & ears’ for the emergency services in order to sniff out ‘dirty bombs’.
Better still, over the past 6 months the DoD has conducted extensive due diligence on the company. To us, a huge statement of intent, especially after successfully field testing thousands (see below) of these devices in Washington DC and Manhattan. But that’s not all. The D3S was also deployed in May by the EU to protect Donald Trump during his visit to Brussels, and is currently being assessed by several other governments, including the UK Ministry of Defense.
Ok, but when will the technology be rolled-out across the US? Nobody knows for sure, albeit given the considerable time, effort and money already invested, then we suspect this process will commence sometime over the next 12 months. With initial contracts awarded in 2018 and full city-wide deployments over the ensuing few years. All told, potentially offering the D3S a $1bn+ opportunity globally.