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Eastern European border protection with Rapiscan detection equipment

RapiScan Systems : 21 May, 2009  (Application Story)
Mobile X-Ray detection systems for cargo screening to be used to fight criminal trade across Eastern European borders
Rapiscan Systems has announced that the European Commission has handed over the first of 12 Eagle M4500 series mobile X-ray systems to be deployed at different crossing points between the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia and European Union (EU) countries. The deployment is part of an EU project to enhance border and customs controls in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The new Eagle Mobile high-energy X-ray systems will help the State Customs Services of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine combat arms and drug smuggling, counterfeiting, revenue fraud and other cross border criminal activities. The multi-year European Commission contract, which was awarded following a global competitive tender, funds the deployment of twelve Rapiscan Eagle M4500 series mobile systems as well as training and on-going technical support.

The EU Border Assistance Mission has a mandate to provide the best available border and customs control and security scanning equipment to participating countries. In this case, the Eagle M4500 series mobile X-ray systems will enable Border Guards and Customs Departments in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to better fight criminal cross-border activities. The EU economy and the economies of its neighbours can be put at risk by the smuggling of high-taxed goods and counterfeit products. Criminal organisations target and exploit the EU's external borders which raise significant security concerns for all concerned governments.

Terry Whittock, Rapiscan's Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa commented: "The superior image resolution, mobility and penetration of the Eagle M4500 series mobile's transmission x-ray technology make it an ideal tool in the global fight against narcotics, contraband and weapons smuggling. Rapiscan equipment will support Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova Customs and the EU in their vital work to improve security and safeguard global trade."

The Rapiscan Eagle M4500 series is a family of mobile 4.5 MV X-ray cargo inspection systems capable of travelling on public roads. The system's advanced high energy transmission X-ray technology is capable of detecting both shielded and unshielded organic and inorganic threats, regardless of location, in both vehicles and cargo containers. The units are built on a commercially available solid frame truck chassis that supports both the X-ray imaging system itself and the onboard Inspector's Cab. The system includes all the components and capabilities required to scan containers, vehicles and a wide range of cargo. The road mobile inspection systems can easily be driven to a site in response to any changing operational requirements. Within 20 minutes the unit is ready to scan an unoccupied parked truck or line of trucks in either the forward or reverse direction. The systems meet international and local road worthiness, operation, quality and safety standards, and are one of a select number of security screening solutions to have received certification under the US Safety Act.

The systems deployed were built in Rapiscan's UK production facility near Manchester, where, since its opening in April 2007, more than 50 high energy cargo systems have been manufactured and shipped to twelve countries on three continents.
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