Northrop Grumman said today that it has received an $8.4 million contract from the US Department of Homeland Security to begin field-testing a new generation of autonomous PCR-based biodetection instruments at various US sites.

Northrop Grumman received the award under the BioWatch Gen-3 System Performance Demonstration Contract, and said that the contract could be worth up to $37 million over three years.

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