RadiaBeam Technologies Awarded $10.2 Million Contract for DARPA GRIT Program

RadiaBeam Technologies LLC has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, worth $10.2 million, for U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program.

In Phase I, RadiaBeam Technologies LLC proposes a Laser-Compton approach for meeting GRIT program objectives and carrying out relevant system demonstrations.

The work will be performed in Santa Monica, California (80%); Menlo Park, California (9%); Los Angeles, California (7%); and Paris, France (4%), with an estimated completion date of March 2021.

Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of around $3.7 million are being obligated at the time of the award (HR0011-20-C-0072).

DARPA’s Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program seeks transformational approaches to achieving high-intensity, tunable, and narrow-bandwidth gamma ray production, but in a compact form factor suitable for transporting the source to where the capability is needed.

Such sources have the potential to help discover smuggled nuclear materials in cargo, provide new non-destructive inspection techniques at various scales, and enable new medical diagnostics and therapies.

DARPA announced the GRIT program in June 2019.

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