Iraq’s Najaf International Airport to Bolster Security with AS&E’s Advanced X-ray Detection Solutions

Comprehensive screening by Z Portal cargo and vehicle screening system and Gemini parcel inspection systems to secure the airport from threats and contraband

BILLERICA, Mass., April 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American Science and Engineering, Inc. (“AS&E”) (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today that it has received an order for Iraq’s Najaf International Airport for a Z Portal® cargo screening system and multiple Gemini® parcel inspection systems.  When combined, these systems will provide Najaf Airport with a comprehensive detection solution for scanning incoming vehicles as well as baggage for weapons, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), drugs, and other threats and contraband.  Demonstrating its commitment to world-class security, Najaf Airport also entered into a five-year contract for continuing support by AS&E’s industry-leading Service team.

“Customers with vital security missions rely on AS&E’s proven technology to meet their detection requirements in high-threat environments,” said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E’s President and CEO.  “We are proud to have been selected by Najaf Airport, one of Iraq’s busiest airports, to provide the advanced technology and expert technical support it needs to protect the safety of passengers, personnel, and infrastructure.”

“Passengers and freight forwarders are increasingly turning to Najaf Airport for their international air travel and shipping requirements,” said Sheikh Faed Al-Shimary, Director General of the Najaf Airport Authority. “We chose AS&E’s comprehensive detection solutions because they provide rapid inspection of vehicles and carry-on luggage in a high-security and high-traffic environment while ensuring the flow of passengers and commerce — and because it is well-known in our region for delivering exceptional, responsive customer service.”

AS&E X-ray detection systems are used for aviation screening operations by customers in Asia, Latin America, the European Union, and Africa. For example, Hong Kong Customs deploys the Gemini system for baggage screening operations at Hong Kong International Airport. Taiwan Aviation Police deploys the Z Portal system and Gemini system to detect organic threats and other contraband in air cargo routed through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The Gemini 100100 X-ray inspection system was instrumental in detecting 244 cartons of the anesthetic drug Ketamine, one of the largest narcotics seizures in Taiwan in the past few years.

To secure this order, AS&E worked closely with its distributor, ASJ, in Najaf, Iraq.

Z Portal High-Throughput Cargo & Vehicle Screening System
The Z Portal system is the most comprehensive screening system available with multi-view, drive-through screening for left, right, and top-down imaging of cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo. The Z Portal system has a compact footprint and is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment, making it ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints. The screening system is available in two sizes — one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Abu Dhabi Customs, and NATO.

Gemini Multi-Technology Parcel X-ray Inspection System
AS&E’s ground-breaking Gemini systems provide the most comprehensive threat detection available for hand-carried items, mail, parcel, and baggage screening. Available in multiple tunnel sizes, the Gemini systems offer the unique capability to simultaneously detect both metallic and non-metallic threats — even in cluttered environments. Gemini’s multiple technologies provide the most information available about the contents of a parcel.

About AS&E
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, andpersonnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter® X-rays — pioneered by AS&E. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com and follow us on Twitter @ase_detects.

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Laura Berman
American Science and Engineering, Inc.
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lberman@as-e.com