Sedgefield-based Kromek Group Plc has received more than $6.9million worth of orders as global threats begin to have a worldwide impact on public safety and security.

The contract wins reflect Kromek’s reputation as a developer of radiation and bio-detection technology, and include a $5.9 million contract from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office for the research and development of technologies focusing on an agent agnostic bio-detection system. The contract has been awarded under a four-year programme, which commences immediately, and the company expects to receive $874k during the first year.

Kromek has also announced three orders worth more than $1 million for radiation and bio detection products and technologies in the CBRN segment. The three contracts will include the delivery of a wide range of Kromek’s detectors, which are equipped to tackle ever-changing threats to the warfare landscape.

CEO Dr Arnab Basu said: “We are delighted to announce more than £6.9 million worth of contracts which is testament to our unwavering commitment to enhancing global public safety and security.

“Our $5.9 million contract is our first biosecurity contract from the Department of Homeland Security and underscores our belief that there are significant market opportunities in this area, as our technologies align well with government biosecurity strategies.

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“The output of the programme is aimed at providing increased capability to detect and identify biological threats in response to the operational needs of the Department of Homeland Security and will be an important step in making the world safer from the threat of bio-terrorism and other biological threats.

“Two of the three receipt of orders for our CBRN detection segment are from existing customers, which is testament to the strength of our offer and the value of our products to our customers. We are also pleased to have received an order from a new customer that is a substantial, global defence corporation.”