908 make it over the NGCD hurdle
908 Devices and Smiths Detection announced that they had been selected to move forward in the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) program.
NGCD is the only chemical detection programme in town. The scale of the US DoD, in terms of numbers of agents detected, types of agent, scale of buy is massive - it will set the trend for all other procurement projects. NGCD is a highly classified project, and sprang out of the M3TD research programme, which originally tested five IMS, four raman, four Mass Spec, two IR and three 'other' technologies. There have been a number of downselects since then, as various bits of kit get weeded out. With so much to play for it makes sense that the behemoth of the US military chemical sensor market, team itself with the 'new contender' 908 Devices.
908's patented high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) technology has clearly impressed the powers that be and it is a major coup to be taken through to the next stage of testing. Their HPMS will be used to detect and identify Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs), Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), Non-Traditional Agents (NTAs), and other hazards in the air and on surfaces in all states of matter (aerosol, liquid, solid, and vapor): this specific selection is for the Site Air Monitor technology variant under the NGCD program.
Coming on the back of their first sale to Massachusetts’ Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Division there must be a lot of champagne bottles awaiting recycling at 908 HQ!