SAPS receiving RadSeeker radioactivity detectors


The South African Police Service (SAPS) has recently taken delivery of RadSeeker handheld radioisotope detectors as part of a three year contract.

The RadSeekers are being supplied by ECM Technologies, which is the South African distributor for Smiths Detection, which manufactures the device. ECM will also maintain the SAPS RadSeeker detectors.

Eric Milburn, director of ECM Technologies, told defenceWeb that the first 12 units were delivered to the SAPS at the beginning of June as part of Year One requirements. He expects similar quantities to be ordered for the remaining two years of the contract. The detectors are being supplied to the SAPS Explosives Section – Bomb Disposal.

RadSeeker detects, helps locate, and identifies the source of radiological material, and is used by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), emergency responders and law enforcement agents around the world.

It was specifically designed to meet DHS’s mission requirements for a next-generation system capable of detecting and identifying varied nuclear threats and distinguishes masked and shielded radiological and nuclear threats from naturally occurring radiation or other legitimate radiological materials.

Earlier this month Smiths Detection announced a $40.9 million order for RadSeeker with the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).

ECM Technologies said it will be present at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition at AFB Waterkloof in September and will be exhibiting a number of Smiths Detection products there, including the RadSeeker.