Excet, Inc., Springfield, Va., was this week awarded a $7.8M cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the research and development services in support of technology that detect chemical and biological agents. Work will be performed in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2015.
The award is made in response to BAA ECBC-11 (.pdf), Topic 7.2 Biotechnology. The overall aim of this topic is to develop, evaluate, and enhance technologies for the detection of both chemical and biological agents, as well as energetic materials. Efforts under this area are focused on nontraditional chemical agents including, but not limited to, toxic industrial materials (TIMs) and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), and exploring techniques and concepts in the areas of CB agent detection.
The research topic also sought proposals to address logistical hurdles simultaneously with efficacy and operational usage. Desirable attributes listed include: ease of use, ruggedness and durability, sensitivity, small space/weight requirements, low power consumption, minimal or nonexistent false positives, no false negatives, readily available spare parts, and low cost.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-12-C-0043).