Block chosen for Phase II of IARPA program
Block Mems LLC have been awarded Phase II of the Intelligence Advanced Research Programs Activity (IARPA) Program for the standoff detection of explosives and toxic chemical threats.Under Phase I, Block successfully demonstrated the ability to detect trace quantities of explosives and other threats on multiple surfaces at 1 and 5 meter standoff distances in a few seconds. The contract value of the program is now at $10.7 Million. and is managed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.“I am very pleased to receive the second Phase of the SILMARILS Program,” said Dr. Anish Goyal, Block’s VP of Technology and Principal Investigator of the SILMARILS Program at Block.
Dr Goyal continued “The achievements of the previous Phase have taken a significant step towards the ultimate goal of the SILMARILS Program to be able to detect explosives and other chemicals at standoff distances of 30 and 50 meters.”
“The ability to not only detect Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs), but Explosives and Pharmaceutical Based Agents (such as Fentanyl) as well at these standoff distances is addressing a strong need within the Intelligence Community, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security.”