July 2 2019 @ 9:30 by Steven Hugill
A North East technology firm has secured three international contracts worth more than £1 million for its nuclear radiation detection apparatus.
Kromek says its D3S equipment, which can identify terrorist threats such as ‘dirty bombs,’ will be used in the UK, US and Europe.
The agreements include a £1.1 million contract from a UK Government-related company to provide D3S-related technologies.
In the US, Kromek has secured a $389,000 (£308,000) supply deal with the country’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense.
The contracts are completed by a €180,000 (£160,000) agreement with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs for D3S-ID and drone-mounted D3S for wide-area monitoring.
Dr Arnab Basu, chief executive at Kromek, which is headquartered at NETPark, in Sedgefield, County Durham, said the deals are a further reflection of the company’s standing as a trusted partner to governments and security agencies.
He said: “The D3S platform continues to gain traction in the US and the rest of the world.
“We are working with a number of high value-customers in a number of countries for deployment and implementation of this technology.
“These new contracts are great examples of the commercial progress in this area as well as the varied security and military applications for our D3S family of products.”
Kromek’s D3S products were developed under the SIGMA programme, an initiative of the US Department of Defense.
SIGMA aims to revolutionise detection and deterrent capabilities for countering nuclear terrorism by developing more capable radiation detectors while lowering costs, along with innovative deployment strategies.
The business said it expects to recruit at least 20 staff over the next 12 to 18 months at its NETPark base, taking its workforce to around the 80 mark.
The company is also known for work in the medical sector, where its products are used to diagnose and treat conditions such as osteoporosis, and in the aviation industry, thanks to its airport security scanners.