Niitek opens new engineering center

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Niitek Inc. opened a new a engineering center Tuesday at its Dulles headquarters.  Employees, local politicians and military officials gathered to see the expansion of a major producer of vehicle-mounted ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems. 

The systems employ mine detection technology and are used by U.S. forces to protect soldiers on the ground.  “This new facility provides us the space to further our R&D to save lives,” Juan Navarro, the company’s general manager said in a statement.

Niitek, became a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC, in 2008. At that time, it had 55 employees. Today the company has grown to more than 260 employees. Besides the corporate headquarters and research and development center in Dulles, the company has a production facility in Charlottesville.

In June, it received a fourth production contract for $106.5 million from the U.S. Army for 76 Husky Mine Detection Systems that will be used to detect buried mines in support of U.S. peacekeeping operations in various theaters around the world. 

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