Technology company Kromek, which has enjoyed a string of successes in recent months, has secured a new contract worth up to $1.23m.
The Durham University spin-out, which has become a world leader in colour imaging for X-rays, will be working on a 12 month programme with the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The work will involve developing an advanced portable detection system for gamma and neutron radiation that can be combined in large networks, providing information on radiation signatures over an extended area.
DARPA, an agency of the United States Department of Defense, is responsible for maintaining the technological superiority of the US military.
The programme, which starts immediately, is geared towards procurement in year two and beyond.
Kromek believes the contract, along with many others in the nuclear detection market, represents a healthy conversion of its pipeline into orders.
The majority of the revenue of the work is expected to be recognised in the current financial year.
Chief executive Dr Arnab Basu said: “Kromek is delighted to receive this award from DARPA, which closely follows recent awards from other areas of the US Government and is further recognition of the advances Kromek’s detector technology platforms are making into growing global markets.”