Homeland Security officials ask industry to develop airborne sensor to find terrorist nuclear-radioactive bombs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington is asking industry to develop an airborne sensor able to detect and pinpoint nuclear or radioactive terrorist bombs before they go off. The sensor should be able to determine quickly if a radiological or nuclear source is present while flying over cities, oceans, and the countryside.

The DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) issued a broad agency announcement Tuesday (HSHQDC-12-R-00065) for the Airborne Radiological Enhanced-sensor System (ARES) program to find improved ways to detect and localize radiological sources from the air.

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