(WAKEFIELD, Mass., Sept. 7, 2006) -- Implant Sciences Corporation (AMEX: IMX) a developer and manufacturer of products for national security, medicine and industry, announced it has been awarded a $3.6 million contract from the U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate to fabricate and deliver three (3) systems for detecting explosives in vehicles and other fixed locations. It is anticipated that these systems will have the ability to be used either in a fixed location, such as a security check point, or to be deployed in tandem with a mobile robot mounted system that can be used to detect explosives in remote areas.
The systems, which will utilize the Company's proprietary, non-contact technology, will have the capability to detect trace amounts of explosives from a short-range standoff distance. By using a sensor unit similar to the one in the Company's passenger portal prototype, currently under construction, the Company will be able to leverage its prior development work to expedite the delivery of these systems to the Army.
Dr. Anthony J. Armini, PhD., CEO of Implant Sciences, commented, "We are gratified at being selected by the Army to provide these systems using the Company's patented, non-contact explosives detection technology. We believe our proprietary vortex collection and sampling system is a key differentiator between our trace explosives detection systems and those of the competition. Our technology enables our systems to be easily adapted to a variety of explosives detection applications. The Company's handheld explosives detector has been commercially deployed throughout the world over the past year. Combined with our commercially available desktop detector, the passenger portal currently under construction and this vehicle scanner, we believe we are establishing a broad suite of products to address security applications throughout the world and across government and private sectors. Following the vehicle detection systems' delivery and field testing by the U.S. Army, we believe additional applications for checking vehicles at U.S. border crossings, military check points, government installations, and critical public infrastructures, such as nuclear plants, will also be available. We also believe this proposed mobile solution to explosives detection, which combines our standoff detection technology with robotics, could provide an important solution to the detection of explosives in remote military areas, thus reducing the danger to personnel."