ZBVs to be Deployed for Counterterrorism Applications
(BILLERICA, Mass., Sept. 13, 2006) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E(R)) (NASDAQ:ASEI), a leader in X-ray detection technology, announced today the receipt of a $42.4 million order from the U.S. Government for 36 Z(R) Backscatter Van(TM) (ZBV(TM)) X-ray screening systems. The order includes operator training, service, and labor warranty.
"Today's announcement demonstrates the continued value of the Z Backscatter Van to U.S. Government operations -- with this largest single ZBV order to date," said Anthony Fabiano, President and CEO.
"This order adds to the U.S. Government's existing fleet of ZBVs to aid in their critical counterterrorism missions. The ZBV's flexibility, speed, and maneuverability make it a highly capable tool to detect large quantities of organic materials in vehicles and other targets for urban surveillance or force protection applications. Field reports on ZBV performance are outstanding -- we are very proud that our system is meeting the U.S. Government's rigorous performance requirements in harsh environments."
AS&E's Z Backscatter Van is a low-cost, highly maneuverable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV employs AS&E's patented Z(R) Backscatter(TM) technology, which reveals contraband that transmission X-rays miss - such as explosives and plastic weapons - and provides photo-like imaging for rapid analysis. The ZBV is capable of immediate deployment in response to security threats, and features a high throughput capacity to facilitate rapid inspections. The system's unique "drive-by"
capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects as the ZBV drives past.