African government orders X-ray detection equipment

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American Science and Engineering has announced an order for four Z Backscatter Vans (ZBV) from an African country for law enforcement applications. The unnamed customer currently has two ZBV systems in operation, purchased in September 2011.

“Since their original deployment less than 2 months ago, the ZBV systems have proven their detection capability to our law enforcement customer,” said Anthony Fabiano, President and CEO.
“With these additional ZBV systems, security officials in this leading African nation will have six very powerful and effective tools to inspect cargo and vehicles for explosive threats and contraband. We will work closely with our customer to provide and maintain their growing fleet of ZBV systems.”

AS&E’s Z Backscatter Van is a manoeuvrable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The system’s unique “drive-by” capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past.

The ZBV employs AS&E’s Z Backscatter 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 also capable of identifying low levels of radioactivity from both gamma rays and neutrons with optional Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD) technology.

The ZBV also combats crimes of smuggling at ports and borders as the ZBV’s photo-like imaging clearly shows whether or not the contents of a vehicle or container match the description on the manifest.



The Z Backscatter Van is designed for use in port and border security, force protection, and other critical security applications. It can detect car and truck bombs, explosives, plastic weapons, and other organic threats, radioactive threats, including nuclear devices and dirty bombs, illegal drugs, wtowaways, such as illegal immigrants and terrorists and trade fraud items, such as alcohol, tobacco, and other legal goods smuggled to evade duties.