(BILLERICA, Mass., Jan. 3, 2007) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASEI) (AS&E(R)), a leader in X-ray detection technology, announced today the receipt of orders from a European Union (EU) and an Asia Pacific (APAC) client for multiple Z(R) Backscatter Vans(TM) (ZBV(TM)). The two contracts total $4.0 million.
"Our efforts to market the ZBV globally continue to yield positive results," said Robert Postle, AS&E's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Sales. "The ZBV's versatility in combating a range of threats appeals to our international clientele and their efforts to prevent trade fraud, protect urban environments, and secure customs checkpoints. The ZBV will provide these new clients with optimal flexibility and maneuverability to detect explosives and other contraband for their varied missions."
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 while the ZBV drives past suspect vehicles and objects. For personnel safety in dangerous environments, a remote console is available for operating the system in stationary mode from a distance of up to 500 meters.