Technest wins another Army NVESD sensor contract

Published 27 February 2007

$4.4 million contract will pay for the development of demining and counterming technologies; deal follows $10 million in earlier contracts with Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate

We have more success to report from Woodbridge, Virginia-based EOIR Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Technest Holdings. We previously reported that the company had received contracts totaling $10 million from the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and other government customers for new orders for remote sensor technology products and engineering services. The Army’s NVESD, we noted at the time, is one of the more technologically innovative units in the U.S. military, and it has been responsible for numerous key innovations in the fields of optical electronics and thermal imaging for weapons targeting, electronic surveillance, and other mission-critical applications. Now the company has received two new funding awards totaling approximately $4.4 million from NVESD related to developing sensors used in global demining efforts.

The breakdown: Of the $4.4 million, $1.45 million is dedicated to providing

operational support to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program (HD R&D) for in-house prototype development. Intended to enhance existing sensor technology to be more adaptive to varying terrains and random environmental conditions, HD R&D deploys equipment to more than twenty-five countries worldwide where dangerous mines remain a problem, including Afghanistan, Angola, and Mozambique. “We believe that our ability to continually secure

new awards through the Night Vision Directorate is indicative of our

ability to successfully develop advanced remote sensor technologies,” said EOIR’s Larry Bramlette. EOIR also received $2.9 million in new funds to assist in the development of Ground Penetrating Radar (“GPR”) Countermine On The Move — a wideband multi-sensor system used to detect anti-tank mines.

-read more in this company news release