QinetiQ North America, Ahura Scientific Integrate Chemical Sensor with TALON CBRNE/Hazmat Robots

Waltham, Mass. – QinetiQ North America, maker of the TALON® family of robots, today announced that it has formed a development partnership with Ahura Scientific, Inc. to integrate Ahura’s compact, laboratory-grade Raman spectrometer onto TALON CBRNE/Hazmat robots for first responders.

Ahura Scientific helps first responders, including police, fire and military around the globe, more effectively perform their duties through the use of handheld instruments for chemicalentification.  Since 2005 the company has sold approximately 3,000 FirstDefender (Raman) and TruDefender FT (FTIR) instruments which allow customers to quickly and accuratelyentify unknown substances, including explosives, chemical weapons, hazardous materials and narcotics.

QinetiQ North America’s TALON robots are a family of powerful, durable, lightweight tracked vehicles that are widely used for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), reconnaissance, communications, hazardous materials, security, defense and rescue. Today, more than 2,800 TALON robots are deployed around the world, surpassing any other military robot.

Ahura Scientific’s Raman spectrometer will be one of many sensors that can be integrated with TALON robots, including tools for radiation detection and air monitoring.  Through this partnership, the companies will integrate a Raman spectrometer designed to mount on a robot’s gripper arm.  The integration enables wireless remote operation of both the robot and the chemicalentification system through the main command console. The joint offering will enable first responders to remotelyentify potentially volatile solids and liquids, including explosives, TICs and TIMs in the field, delivering an additional layer of safety that keeps individuals out of harm’s way.

About QinetiQ North America QinetiQ North America delivers world- technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges.  QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over one billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources.   More than 6,400 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers.   For more information, please visit www.QinetiQ-NA.com.

About Ahura Scientific, Inc. Ahura Scientific is dedicated to bringing lab-accurate analysis directly to the point of need.  The company's field-deployed analytical instruments consistently deliver precise and actionable intelligence to human health and public safety specialists. Founded in 2002, Ahura Scientific is headquartered in Wilmington, MA. For more information, visit www.ahurascientific.com.

For more information, contact: Cynthia Black, Public Relations QinetiQ North America Phone: 781-684-4093