Raytheon pursues stand-off radiation sensor technology

Published 26 November 2008

Raytheon received a $2.9 million contract from DHS to develop a stand-off nuclear radiation system

Raytheon has received a contract worth up to $2.9 million to develop a next-generation radiation detection technology in cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Raytheon said it would also work with academic experts and business partners to pursue the Standoff Warning Against Radiological Materials technology.

The transportation of nuclear material into and within our borders is a serious threat to our nation’s security,” Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Vice President Michael Del Checcolo said in a statement. “SWARM will develop a radiation detection and localization approach that uses multiple, mobile and highly distributed sensors. This approach will enable first responders to accurately evaluate a situation and take swift action in the event of a threat to our national security.”

DHS has awarded the contract to support its Exploratory Research in Nuclear Technology Program.

Raytheon had sales of $21.3 billion in 2007. The company employs 72,000 people worldwide.