As I posted, factory floors are the focus and governments are a bonus. Chemring does not have a mass spec. unless you loosely classify the JBPDS as one. If you do, at hundreds of pounds, it still cannot be strapped to a drone, so there are applications where each may be best. The military hands out many development contracts for various tools which interest them. Not sure who marsavian is or what her qualifications are - I am just addressing ASTC.
Would the military (via Batelle) give ASTC a $10MM contract to "ruggedize" the mass spec if they were not very likely to buy a substantial number? And the machines are now being built and sent out the door for trials in numerous factory floors (the focus). The action between $2.50 and $3.00 is not the story. The revenue stream being sold was a smart move. Gives them plenty of cash to further develop and market the real story - the 1st Detect mass spec with its small size, ultra-fast refresh time and state-of-the-art analytics. Try looking at what's important and quit focusing on the silly.