Nuclear radiation detection specialist Arktis Radiation Detectors has expanded its worldwide network by opening a new office in the UK at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
The office will build upon existing locations in Europe and the US and reflects the growing market for Arktis’ next generation, plug and play detection systems that detect and identify radioactive and nuclear materials. The company has been regularly funded by the most renowned advanced research and development agencies worldwide, such as the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Arktis Vice President of Sales, Daniel Grosch, explained that the new office would be used to manage business opportunities in the UK and overseas in regions such as the Middle East. “There are a growing number of opportunities in areas such as border control and military applications and this expanded presence will give us the opportunity to build upon our existing customer base. We anticipate that the UK office will grow as the business accelerates,” he added.
Arktis will make increasing base of the UK supply chain, providing new opportunities for UK firms to build upon their nuclear detection business. In addition, Arktis has joined theAerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry body (ADS), where it plans to contribute to the organisation’s CBRN Special Interest Group, and is in discussions to extend and form new links with UK academia.
“Amid concerns over use of ‘dirty bombs’ and exposure devices, enhanced security measures are needed at borders and ports. We are fully committed to building our business in the UK, using the expertise of the supply chain,” said Grosch.
There has been growing interest in Arktis’ innovative, open system architecture technology, which leverages the use of natural helium in its detection systems, as opposed to the scarce and expensive He-3 isotope or other.
Its systems are particularly suited to airports, maritime ports and areas of high population density and can be used in static and mobile mode to detect nuclear materials. Arktis’ systems already have applications in the seaport and airport environment and are under trial to fill a potential requirement at major transport hubs throughout the US.