The competitive contract, awarded under DARPA’s SIGMA Program contains an option valued at more than $1.2m for the base year development phase with the future global market for the new technology expected to be worth many millions of dollars. Arktis’ sensors should prove up to twice as sensitive and as little as one tenth of the cost of the systems currently available without using Helium3 which has very limited availability for non-medical applications. These benefits would enable the technology to be accessible in multiple applications across the defense sector and beyond.

Scientists at ARKTIS expect to start work on the project in July and predict that their solution, if successful, could be in full production within three years

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