DHS announces winners of $113 million in portable radiation detection grants

Published 31 October 2006

Succesful companies include SAIC, Ametec AMT, Sanmina-SCI, Target Instruments, and Smiths Detection; DHS to purchase 1,000 handheld and 200 backpack systems

There are no surprises to report in DHS announcement last week that it had awarded $113 million in program contracts for the next generation of human portable radiation detection systems (HPRDS). We reported yesterday on one of the winning companies, Oak Ridge, Tennessee-based Ametec AMT, but we would be remiss if we did not provide a full accounting of them all. Contracts for the hand-held detectors were also awarded to: San Diego, California-based SAIC; Huntsville, Alabama-based Sanmina-SCI; Oak Ridge-based Target Instruments; and Pine Brook, New Jersey-based Smiths Detection. All are leaders in the field.

DHS intends to purchase and deploy approximately 1,000 handheld and 200 backpack systems through the HPRDS program, with most to be deployed by Customs and Border Protection for secondary screening of cargo. Currently, more than 14,000 earlier generation devices are in service.

-read more in this DHS news release