Pentagon buys X-ray for vehicle and cargo screening

BILLERICA, Mass., 2 Dec. 2005. American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) announced today the receipt of a $5.4 million phased contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its OmniView Gantry Inspection System. The first phase of the contract is valued at $1.9 million.

BILLERICA, Mass., 2 Dec. 2005. American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) announced today the receipt of a $5.4 million phased contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its OmniView Gantry Inspection System. The first phase of the contract is valued at $1.9 million.

DoD will use the relocatable OmniView System for force protection, performing cargo and vehicle inspection to detect security threats and contraband.

The OmniView Gantry System is the only multi-view relocatable system available today that combines 6 MeV high-energy transmission inspection plus three Z Backscatter X-ray views for left, right, and top-side imaging of cargo. The combination of technologies delivers the most reliable means of detecting contraband and threatening materials such as weapons and explosives hidden in cargo containers, tankers, and large vehicles.

OmniView Gantry provides high penetration into inspected objects -- up to 14 inches (350 mm) of steel -- yet the system does not require an exterior building or heavy shielding. The OmniView Gantry System's scanning platform operates by moving on rails past stationary vehicles and cargo. The system is bi-directional, allowing for a high throughput of approximately 2 trucks per scan, 24 trucks per hour.

"We are proud to receive this order from the U.S. Military for the new OmniView Gantry System," said Anthony Fabiano, president and CEO.

"This unique system is designed to give our customers an affordable, highly effective alternative to the conventional high-energy cargo inspection systems currently on the market. This multi-view, multi-technology product is the only relocatable system available today that combines high penetration X-ray inspection with multi-view, photo-like backscatter X-ray imaging for unmatched detection capabilities. Security authorities can efficiently inspect even the most complex cargo, while maintaining the flow of commerce at facilities and checkpoint operations. We consider OmniView to be a superior product with excellent domestic and international potential for multiple market applications."

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is a supplier of innovative X-ray inspection and screening systems. With more than 45 years experience in developing advanced X-ray security systems, the company's product line utilizes a variety of technologies including patented Z Backscatter, Shaped Energy, and Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD) These technologies offer superior detection of threats including plastic explosives, plastic weapons, illegal drugs, other contraband, dirty bombs and nuclear devices.

AS&E offers a complete range of X-ray inspection products including Z Backscatter screening systems, CargoSearch, and ParcelSearch inspection systems, used for critical detection and security applications to combat terrorism, drug and weapon smuggling, trade fraud, and illegal immigration.

AS&E customers include leading governmental agencies, border authorities, military bases, airports and corporations worldwide, including the U.S. departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Customs and Border Protection, as well as the Royal Thai Police, HM Customs & Excise (U.K.) and Hong Kong Customs. For more information, see www.as-e.com.

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