Phoenix has been awarded a $10 million ceiling IDIQ (indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery) contract with the US Army to demonstrate improved neutron radiography and X-ray techniques applicable to the quality assurance of ammunition, armaments, or components of weapons and defense systems. This contract includes the development of software packages which will allow Army radiographers to more easily identify defects and interpret part or assembly quality. Additionally, Phoenix will develop and run training programs which will introduce Army personnel to the fundamentals and practical applications of neutron radiography. Phoenix will also work with Army subject matter experts and American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) committees to develop new and rigorous standards for computed neutron radiography.
With the increasing complexity of future defense systems, a variety of inspection tools will be needed to continue to meet the challenge of providing safe and effective assets for the warfighter, and Phoenix’s transition from the SBIR contract to this new contract vehicle represents an important stepping stone in the technology development roadmap. This IDIQ contract gives us the ability to work on advanced non-destructive testing projects across the Department of Defense, opening the door for advancements in quality assurance, research and development, and failure analysis.
The federal funding for this contract was secured by Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan, who have long supported Army investments in neutron radiography research and development efforts taking place in Wisconsin.
“I’m proud to have helped secure additional federal funding to continue the Army’s investment in neutron radiography technology,” says Sen. Baldwin. “This new contract highlights Phoenix as a global leader in neutron generation and applications, and I’m pleased to support their continued partnership with the Army, which leverages and grows our skilled STEM workforce in Wisconsin while supporting American servicemembers.”
“This Army contract will continue to fund Phoenix’s innovative neutron radiography technology development and ensure continued skilled job growth in the Second District,” says Rep. Pocan. “I will always work to protect funding for strong projects like this that spur economic development at home in Wisconsin.”