Navy surveys industry for new technologies to detect trace amounts of explosives on surfaces

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy explosives-detection efforts are asking industry for ideas on non-vapor-collecting ways of detecting trace amounts of explosives by contacting sample surfaces directly.

Navy wants explosives-detection technologies from direct contact with surfaces
Navy wants explosives-detection technologies from direct contact with surfaces
INDIAN HEAD, Md., 21 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy explosives-detection efforts are asking industry for ideas on non-vapor-collecting ways of detecting trace amounts of explosives by contacting sample surfaces directly.

Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Indian Head, Md., have released a source-sought notice (N0017415SS001) for the Trace Explosive Detection Systems project.

This initiative seeks to gather ideas and technologies for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems capable of detecting trace amounts of explosives via direct contact with the sample surface.

Navy experts primarily are interested in non-vapor-collection detection capabilities able to detect commercial and military explosives; as well as home-made explosives like urea nitrate and TATP, ammonium nitrate mixtures, and potassium chlorate mixtures. These contact-detection technologies should be able to work indoors and outside.

Explosives-detection experts want these technologies for finding explosive materials on a variety of surfaces -- especially at entry-control points. Submissions should involve technologies for security or military personnel, not analytical laboratories.

Companies interested should email their ideas no later than 15 Dec. 2014 to the Navy's Robin Moore at robyn.moore@navy.mil.

For more technical information contact the Navy's Cristina Spencer by email at cristina.spencer@navy.mil or by phone at 301-744-5372.

For other questions or concerns contact Robin Moore by email at robyn.moore@navy.mil, or by phone at 301-744-6843.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVSEA/N42794/N0017415SS001/listing.html.

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