Bruker awarded contract for chemical weapons detection

Bruker Corporation recently announced that it has been awarded a major contract for a chemical weapons detection system through the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.

Under the terms of the contract, Bruker, a high-tech company with more than 4,400 employees worldwide, will supply the U.S. Navy with 40 systems based on its Improved Point Detection System–Lifecycle Replacement program.

The IPDS-LR system is based on Bruker’s previous work with RAID-S2, a trace gas detector that is capable of identifying chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. RAID S-2 and IPDS-LR both rely on ion mobility spectrometry in order to operate. Both are designed to monitor ambient air for the presence of harmful chemical vapors inside or outside of ships or other structures.

Bruker is expected to begin delivering the systems in late 2011, and will be completed sometime in 2012. The process will be orchestrated by DOD’s Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance.

Combined with two other contracts for system support, the total value of the program is estimated at $5.8 million.

Bruker Corporation was founded in 1960 and located in the backyard of a house in Karlsruhe, Germany. By 2008, Bruker’s revenues exceeded $1 billion for the first time.

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