50+ Portable Explosive Detection Units Already in Use
Vidisco, an Israeli developer of portable digital X-ray inspection systems, has been awarded a $30 million (€26 million) contract by the US Air Force to supply its GUARDIAN 12 digital X-ray system for explosive detection applications, the company announced on 6 October. Over 50 of the systems have already been installed and are in use at various Air Force bases.
GUARDIAN 12 enhances EOD capabilities by making it easier to view the internal contents of suspicious packages, IEDs and unexploded ordnances (UXO). It increases force protection by capturing high-quality, concise images in seconds, reducing the time spent in close proximity to hazardous devices. Weighing less than 7kg and housed in a compact carrying case for maximum portability, the system has been specifically adapted to USAF needs. With its rapid, easy deployment, it is also designed to work in extreme temperatures, weather conditions, and harsh environments.
It also offers operational flexibility: its unique ability to work in both low and high frequency ranges, it is suitable for global deployment. It features a long, stable wireless range, making it highly reliable and able to penetrate doors and walls in enclosed spaces.
Compared to the analog technology previously used, GUARDIAN 12 provides a much sharper and clearer image, enabling easier detection of explosives. Other benefits include a panel, X-ray source and packaging; availability in wired or wireless configuration; a choice of backpack or rugged case; handle configuration for the system panel; and option of either laptop or tablet.
This long-term contract includes the provision of additional systems, support and training services by Vidisco USA for a period of five years, with an option to extend for a further two years.