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US Army sensor development contract for Ionatron

Applied Energetics : 12 September, 2007  (New Product)
Ionatron to develop light filament sensor technology for remote chemical detection
Ionatron has received a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Contract from the US Army Research Office for continued development of Light Filament Sensor technology.
The US Army Research Office requested the proposal for this work based upon the successful completion of the Phase I effort that provided data showing the promise of using ultra-short laser pulses for remote chemical detection. The contract is for $389,502.00 for a period of 12 months and includes an option for $351,286.00 for a follow on 12 month effort. Total award, if the option is awarded would be for $740,788.00. Successful completion of Phase II may lead to a Phase III contract for development of a dual use (military and commercial) sensor/detector. This sensor will have applications in homeland security and airport screening, as well as identification of toxins or toxic residue in industrial or post military settings.
Ionatron is teamed with Denton Group of the University of Arizona for this effort. The contract effort will build a database of chemical signatures in a cooperative effort using the laser facilities at Ionatron and the chemical sensor expertise of the Denton Group. The Denton Group will also build a special purpose sensor system which will be integrated with Ionatron's laser system to demonstrate the new capability.
Commenting on the contract award, Dana Marshall, President and CEO of Ionatron, said, "The Light Filament Sensor remote detection concept uses technology derived from our Laser Guided Energy (LGE) development work. This latest contract is a direct follow-on to our successful efforts last year under an STTR Phase I contract teamed our associates at the University of Arizona. We are pleased by Army's support for the continued development of this concept, as we feel that it holds potential for future use in several priority military, security, and law enforcement applications."
Mr Marshall continued, "Ionatron maintains an active research and development effort in proprietary LGE, laser, and high voltage technologies. We have made significant investments toward the formation of unique system concepts, and the capture of enabling intellectual property and patents. As our product technologies and hardware designs mature we continually seek complementary opportunities in military and non-military applications, and to secure our proprietary position in these areas."
This project is sponsored by the US Army Research Office. This press release does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the Government, and does not infer an official endorsement.
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