Dorgan secures funding for North Dakota defense projects
WASHINGTON - Defense-related projects worth $75 million have been secured for North Dakota, according to a news release from Sen.
WASHINGTON - Defense-related projects worth $75 million have been secured for North Dakota, according to a news release from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., a members of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Projects planned in the Fargo area include:
- $6.5 million for NDSU and its partners to design radio frequency sensors and transponders made of flexible materials.
- $6 million for Peregrine, in partnership with Motorola and NDSU, to use tunable microradio circuitry jointly developed at NDSU to create a secure "op-phone" prototype for special force use.
- $5 million for NDSU's Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Triton Systems to develop antimicrobial coatings that can be embedded on fabrics to block toxins, kill bacteria and control biological agents.
- $5 million for Mid-America Aviation in West Fargo to use cutting-edge cold spray technology for the repair of military vehicle components and system structures.
- $4 million for NDSU and Triton Systems to continue to develop microsensors capable of detecting chemical and biological agents as well as explosives.
- $2 million for NDSU and IntergenX to complete development of a ruggedized "briefcase lab" that will make it possible for non-specialist troops to perform DNA testing and identification in the field.
- $3 million for NDSU and PPG to commercialize an environmentally friendly anti-fouling and fouling release coating system to improve the performance and fuel efficiency of Navy and Coast Guard vessels.
- $2 million for Pedigree Technologies to develop software to manage large volumes of network data to prevent the overloading of tactical communications systems during battle.