Rapiscan Systems, a global supplier and manufacturer of security inspection systems for homeland security applications, announced that its research and development division, Rapiscan Laboratories, has been awarded two advanced technology demonstrator (ATD) contracts for USD$1.6 million from the U.S. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). The contracts are incrementally funded and if all options are subsequently exercised, the total contract award could total approximately $14 million.
The first contract is for the development of a cargo inspection system that is deployable and capable of automatically detecting fissile special nuclear material (SNM) and differentiating it from non-fissionable materials. The second contract is for the development of a hybrid cargo inspection system that combines x-ray imaging and neutron detection to identify nuclear fissionable material. The hybrid system will incorporate the Companies proprietary Auto-Z algorithm that provides automatic detection of high-atomic-number materials typically associated with nuclear weapons.
Ajay Mehra, President of Rapiscan Systems, stated, "These contracts require the unique combination of the expertise of our staff in high-energy x-ray imaging, neutronics as well as in mechanical, electrical engineering and software engineering. Once successfully completed, these threat detection and verification technologies will provide an additional inspection capability that can play an important role in protecting our nation from weapons of mass destruction being smuggled into the country."