Bruker announces U.S. Navy contract for detection systems

Bruker Corporation, a developer of scientific instruments and analytics, recently announced that it was awarded a $4.8 million contract for the purchase of systems from the Improved Point Detection System - Lifecycle Replacement program.

The IPDS-LR program is operated through the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense for use by the U.S. Navy. The funding is to be used for the production of advanced sensors to detect the presence of chemical warfare agents and toxic chemicals.

The overall procurement effort for similar systems is managed by the Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance.

Bruker said the contract calls for the delivery of 40 detection and identification systems to begin in late 2012 and to continue into 2013.

The IPDS-LR system is modeled on Bruker's RAID-S2 trace gas detector. Both systems are based on Bruker's development of ion mobility spectrometry technology. RAID-S2 was designed for the long-term monitoring of the ambient atmosphere for the presence of hazardous chemical vapors.

Bruker's trace gas detectors are designed for continuous operation in a variety of environmental conditions, including the inside of buildings and naval vessels, with limited operator interference. They can be operated as single units or as part of a detection network.

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