Northrop Grumman begins air sampling technology delivery

Northrop Grumman Corporation has started delivery of air sampling technology to protect against biothreats to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The delivery is part of Northrop Grumman’s Bio-Watch Gen-3 contract, which is charged with designing a new generation of biological detectors for homeland defense. Bio-Watch Gen-3 is envisioned to be a network of bio-detectors that will continuously monitor the air for bio-threats in populated areas across the United States.

Phase one of the $15.1 million contract awarded to Northrop Grumman in November will include providing its Next-Gen Automated Detection Systems for lab and field testing by both independent labs and by the military.

David Tilles, Northrop Grumman's vice president of homeland defense programs, said that automating the bio-detection process in these state-of-the-art, next generation devices will provide much earlier warning of a bio-terrorist attack.

“It will operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, in select cities across the nation,” Tilles said. “Earlier warning will allow the nation's public health and safety officials to reduce exposure, distribute medication sooner and proactively manage the response to a bio-threat.”

Northrop Grumman paved the way in biodetection technology when it developed and deployed a network of national biohazard detection systems within the U.S. Postal Services. The technologies in the Bio-Watch Gen-3 contract, Northrop Grumman officials said, are an extension and continuation of those systems.