Northrop awarded $175 million biohazard detection contract

The United States Postal Service has awarded Northrop Grumman’s Security Systems unit a $175 million contract to manufacture and integrate biohazard detection systems at mail-sorting offices across the US.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has awarded Northrop Grumman’s Security Systems unit a contract to manufacture and integrate biohazard detection systems (BDS) at mail-sorting offices across the US.

The contract, which extends from January 2004 to October 2004, is worth approximately $175 million.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor and systems integrator of the BDS, which uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to analyse air samples taken from mail sorting equipment.

The system is said to detect trace levels of DNA from anthrax spores and other biological agents as letters and packages are processed.