AS&E sells vehicle-screening systems

BILLERICA, Mass., 3 January 2005. American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) announced today the receipt of a $3.7 million order from a Middle Eastern country for Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) X-ray screening systems.

BILLERICA, Mass., 3 January 2005. American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) announced today the receipt of a $3.7 million order from a Middle Eastern country for Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) X-ray screening systems.

The systems will be configured for operation in harsh environments and to operate in "Portal Mode," which allows operators to inspect passing vehicles from a stationary position. The order also includes installation, operator training and a one-year parts warranty.

"With this substantial order from a Middle Eastern client, the ZBV continues to gain traction globally," said Anthony Fabiano, president and CEO.

"The ZBV's covert capability makes this an ideal tool for our client's counterterrorism missions. Additionally, the client is very impressed with the system's compact size, versatility, affordability and imaging capability. Its varied operating modes provide maximum maneuverability and flexibility for multiple applications, including urban surveillance, checkpoint security, and container and vehicle screening at ports and borders. AS&E is developing the market for this unique proprietary product, and we are very encouraged by our expanding market share and global customer base."

A breakthrough in X-ray detection technology, AS&E's Z Backscatter Van is a low-cost, highly mobile screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV allows for immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput capability facilitates rapid inspections. The system's unique "drive-by" capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past.

The ZBV employs AS&E's patented Z Backscatter technology, which reveals contraband that transmission X-rays miss -- such as explosives and plastic weapons -- and provides photo-like imaging for rapid analysis.

American Science and Engineering, Inc. develops and manufactures state-of-the-art X-ray inspection systems for homeland security and other critical defense applications. AS&E continues to innovate, create and develop new products by investing in new ideas through research and development, and evolving its technology to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. AS&E's patented Z Backscatter technology detects plastic explosives, illegal drugs, and other contraband, even when artfully concealed in complex backgrounds by terrorists and smugglers. AS&E's Shaped Energy X-ray inspection systems combine the material discrimination features of Z Backscatter imaging with the penetration capability of high-energy X-rays for dense cargoes, without the problems caused by excessive radiation. For more information, see www.as-e.com.

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