Block MEMS wins DOD contract for threat detection technology

Block MEMS, LLC, an engineering and development company for lasers and spectrometers, announced on Monday that it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense contract for its biological threat detector, the LaserScan Analyzer.

Block MEMS received the award as part of the DOD's Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense Multi-Mission Multi-Threat Detection Technology Evaluation program. The M3TD program is meant to evaluate technology that is currently available for chemical detection and its possibility to meet the requirements of future capability.

"This award represents a significant and strategically important opportunity for Block to showcase its LaserScan products and demonstrate their capability to the DOD community," Petros Kotidis, the CEO of Block MEMS, said. "Block is fully committed to providing the warfighters with this unique capability, which will enable handheld, standoff detection of chemical threats."

LaserScan is a next-generation spectrometer incorporating widely tunable mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers to detect and measure different substances. The device can evaluate substances from six inches to two feet away by detecting sub-micron films based on the substances' characteristics of mid-IR absorption. The main applications of the device include the detection of biological agents, explosive materials, liquid and solid chemical agents, and toxic industrial chemicals.

Block MEMS and an affiliated company, Block Engineering, LLC, are headquartered in Marlborough, Mass.

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