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American Science receives $11.5 M service contract

American Science and Engineering Inc. said Thursday it received an $11.5 million service and maintenance contract from the federal government for mobile X-ray screening systems used at security checkpoints.
/ Source: The Associated Press

American Science and Engineering Inc. said Thursday it received an $11.5 million service and maintenance contract from the federal government for mobile X-ray screening systems used at security checkpoints.

The contract will be used for the company's Z Backscatter Vans and ZBV Military Trailers. The systems are used at security checkpoints to screen for explosives and contraband carried in vehicles.

One or two operators in an X-ray van or vehicle pulling a trailer can conduct X-ray imaging while either parked or driving past vehicles and objects. The units can also be operated with a remote console for safety.

Last year, American Science and Engineering won a $22.2 million order from the federal government to provide the screening systems.

The company makes products for screening cargo and baggage at ports and borders and in aviation security. Its customers include the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department and NATO.

Its stock rose 70 cents, or 1 percent, to $62.20 in Thursday afternoon trading.