September 28, 2010 | last updated May 29, 2012 10:32 pm

CT consortium developing nano-weapons

The Army has hired a consortium of mostly Hartford area manufacturers and researchers to find ways to incorporate nanotechnology into the next generation of lethal projectiles.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. in East Hartford, the consortium's leader, said the $1.5 million contract is part of a five-year pact with the Army's Joint Munitions and Lethality Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. to develop advanced munitions based on nano and micro components.

The Applied Nanotechnology Consortium, or TANC for short, is comprised of: Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co., Simsbury; GKN Aerospace Services Structures Corp., Cromwell; Kaman Precision Products, Middletown; University of Bridgeport; University of Connecticut; University of Hartford; and Imperial Machine & Tool Co., Columbia, N.J.

The feasibility of the new weapons has been shown in the lab, but those systems will rely on a new industrial base and supply chain to get them from the production plant to the battlefield, said CCAT CEO Elliot Ginsberg.

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