(SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, VA, Oct 31, 2006)-- Science Applications International Corporation [NYSE: SAI] today announced the award of a two-year, cost-plus-award-fee contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to design, develop, fabricate, assemble, test and deliver a prototype next-generation high-energy radiation radiographic inspection system - Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography System (CAARS).
This contract culminates in the delivery of a prototype CAARS unit designed to automatically detect radiological and nuclear materials, such as highly enriched uranium or weapons-grade plutonium, even if shielded by other materials. The automated nature of this unit will eliminate the need for operator interpretation of radiographic images.
"This contract award represents a significant step in the production of an efficient, non-intrusive detection system to help identify nuclear materials and weapons of mass destruction that could be used by terrorist organizations as a means for unconventional nuclear attack on the United States," said Alex Preston, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Security and Transportation Technology Business Unit. "This threat represents one of the most serious and long-term threats to world peace and economic stability. In producing this prototype under the CAARS program, SAIC is committed to supporting DHS and DNDO in their fight against terrorism."