LGS Innovations has secured a position on a contract to support the US Air Force (USAF) to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) threats.
Valued at $11.2m, the four-year contract will see the company working on developing a compact, laser-based system to assist in the detection CBRNE threats for the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
The company will develop a field-testable prototype that will enable the detection of trace chemical residues on surfaces from up to 30m using active infrared spectroscopy.
The company will develop the physical hardware, as well as the detection and discrimination algorithms for the solution.
Awarded by the USAF Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the contract supports IARPA's standoff illuminator for measuring absorbance and reflective infrared light signatures (SILMARILS) project.
LGS Innovations CEO Kevin Kelly said: "LGS has been focused on developing the most advanced laser and photonic-based solutions for decades.
"We are excited to leverage our proven experience to field a state-of-the-art prototype that will help our armed forces detect an incredible range of substances safely and discretely."
The new technology is expected to facilitate in the identification of potential threats at critical infrastructures such as security checkpoints, military installations, and forensic crime scenes as current systems have limited portability, proximity, and / or sensitivity.
The potential application of the new technology will facilitate enhanced defence system against the manufacture and trafficking of illicit drugs.