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Portable trace explosive detector deployment

RedXDefense : 28 January, 2009  (Application Story)
XPAK portable trace detection equipment to be used overseas to assist in discovering IED bomb-making factories
The Combat Support Directorate of the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) will deploy 50 RedXDefense Portable Trace Explosives Detection Systems to Iraq and Afghanistan for advanced combat evaluation by March of 2009.

The proposed concept of operation will use the XPAK for wide area explosives screening as a means of identifying individuals and facilities engaged in bomb-making activities. The ultimate goal is to move the counter IED fight significantly 'left of boom' by utilising the XPAK as part of an organic data collection toolkit to develop actionable intelligence. This requires product features for which the XPAK is a clear leader: portability, ruggedness, affordability, ease of training, and ease of use. The system has no warm up time, no hot sample clear down, a full training program of less than a day, and utilises standard AA batteries. Arguably, it has the most field 'up time' of any trace explosives detection device available today.

CEO, Regina Dugan, comments, "Our goal at RedX is to change the nature of this fight. We believe that if we fight the IED at the side of the road, we will always lose. The XPAK was developed as part of a new conceptual framework for fighting terrorism that is focused on identifying the source of the explosive activity so that it can be disrupted and eliminated. Every feature is focused on this goal."

Deployed since 2007, the XPAK is in use by foreign and US Military, civilian, and private sector customers. Example applications include force protection, vehicle check points, clearance of unattended packages or cargo, and as a complement to canines. To date, the XPAK has had outstanding performance even in austere field environments such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Recently awarded Frost & Sullivan's 2008 North American Explosives Detection Product Differentiation of the Year Award and Popular Science's Best of What's New in 2008, RedXDefense is a complete solution provider for defence against explosive threats. The Company offers a suite of security solutions for guest screening, vehicle and package screening, and security management. RedX products serve military, government, and private sector customers with wide-ranging applications from information gathering to vehicle checkpoint screening to high-throughput visitor screening.
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