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TSA Approves Rapiscan’s CT Explosives Detection System for Air Cargo

Rapiscan Systems announced at the end of December that its RTT 110 is the first high-speed computed tomography (CT) explosive detection system to be approved on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL). The approval was achieved in November after a thorough testing process with the TSA and means that the RTT 110 will now undergo further field test activities which it must pass before it can be formally qualified.

The RTT 110 has a stationary gantry design and belt speed of 0.5m/s. It produces high-resolution full volumetric 3D images at high speed.

It has been tested by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and achieved the ECAC 3.1 performance standard in November 2019. This is currently the highest testing standard used by ECAC for explosives detection systems in Europe.

In December, Rapiscan received an order from an undisclosed global logistics provider for approximately $15 million to provide multiple units of the RTT 110.

By February 2021, all cargo shipments leaving, entering or traveling within the United States must be screened by a product included on the latest TSA’s ACSTL. Cargo companies will need to implement the latest systems to comply with new security standards.

Rapiscan’s RTT 110 joins various non-CT detection systems have been approved on the ACSTL.

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Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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