A TECHNOLOGY firm has secured a £1.1m security contract extension.

Kromek says it will supply enhanced radiation detectors to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is part of the US Department of Defense.

The deal builds on a previously-announced tie-up that has seen Kromek, based at NetPark, in Sedgefield, County Durham, send thousands of detectors to the US to help identify threats such as ‘dirty bombs’.

Bosses say its latest agreement, will be delivered over an 18-month period with revenue commencing during the current financial year.

Under the terms of the extended contract, they revealed Kromek’s units will be technically more proficient, with greater operational capability improving user experience and providing further information to the Homeland Security community and first responders.

Dr Arnab Basu, Kromek chief executive, said: “Having our detectors positioned as a central pillar in DARPA is a testament to the capabilities of our technology and the strength of our relationship with DARPA.

“With field tests continuing in the US and across the globe, the detectors are gaining traction as an invaluable tool to help cities detect and counter the threat of ‘dirty bomb’ attacks.”