EXCET receives $7.8 million grant to develop detection system

The U.S. Army recently awarded a $7.8 million research and development grant to EXCET, Inc., for producing technologies capable of detecting chemical and biological agents.

EXCET, a services and technology firm in Springfield, Virginia, will develop and enhance technologies to detect chemical and biological agents, energetic materials, toxic industrial materials and toxic industrial chemicals, according to MilitaryAerospace.com.

The company plans to design a reliable system for detecting these materials that is easy to use, rugged, small and lightweight.

The estimated completion date for the contract is July 2015. Work is scheduled to begin at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

EXCET was formed in 2005 to provide oversight for corrosion prevention to U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center announced the award and called for several other related projects. Each of the projects, including the design of an enzymatic system for the degradation of dangerous chemicals, is ranked as having a high priority and a high probability for further funding.

The ECBC also announced that it was looking to fund projects that investigate the use of self-decontaminating coatings that utilize enzymatic or biological compounds and microbial systems for the bioremediation of chemical agents and other chemical warfare-related material.

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