Block MEMS wins spot on JE-RDAP $8B contract
Block MEMS, LLC of Marlborough, MA announced on December 20 that it has been selected to participate in an $8,276,161,000 contract for Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition, Production and Procurement (JE-RDAP) program to support research and development of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies and material. The JE-RDAP is an enterprise-wide omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle awarded by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) and will be used to execute activities related to their mission to protect the nation against Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Block’s products use Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy for detection of Chemical Threats and fit well within the scope of the JE-RDAP. They include: (a) PORTHOS (TM), a long (5 km), standoff detection, passive FTIR system, (b) LaserWarn (TM), a Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) based chemical detection system for large, critical infrastructure monitoring, (c) LaserSense (TM), a QCL-based, point sensor that can detect gaseous/vapor threats and, (d) LaserTune (TM), a QCL-based Mid-Infrared Source for development of new chemical detection technologies.
Dr. Petros Kotidis, Block’s CEO, commented, “Block is very pleased to receive the JE-RDAP Award as one of the providers of Chemical Detection Solutions. This award is a recognition of the significant value offered by our products, which are deployed to protect our warfighters, assist our intelligence community and save the lives of our fellow citizens. Block has been supporting the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Department of Homeland Security for decades and we are committed to continue serving our customers under the JE-RDAP Program.”
Dr. Dan Cavicchio, Block’s executive chairman, added. “Weapons of Mass Destruction are proliferating and the threats are becoming more complex every day, as put forth in the President’s recent National Security Strategy. Block has significant technical capabilities and decades long experience with sophisticated instruments for protection against such threats. We are honored to be awarded the JE-RDAP and we look forward to working with the JPEO-CBD.”