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AS&E To Provide Advanced X-ray Systems for Iraq’s Najaf International Airport

AS&E To Provide Advanced X-ray Systems for Iraq's Najaf International Airport Homeland Security TodayIn the wake of recent attacks in Brussels, which called into question current airport security measures, Iraq’s Najaf International Airport has taken steps to enhance security through the use of advanced X-ray detection solutions. 

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a leading supplier of X-ray detection systems, recently announced that the company has secured an order from Najaf Airport for a Z Portal cargo screening system, along with several Gemini parcel inspection systems.

When used together, the systems are designed to provide Najaf Airport with a holistic solution to screen both vehicles and baggage for possible dangerous devices or substances. 


In addition, Najaf Airport entered into a five year contract to receive continuing support from the AS&E service team.


“Customers with vital security missions rely on AS&E’s proven technology to meet their detection requirements in high-threat environments,” stated Chuck Dougherty, AS&E President and CEO. “We are proud to have been selected by Najaf Airport, one of Iraq’s busiest airports, to provide the advanced technology and expert technical support it needs to protect the safety of passengers, personnel, and infrastructure.”


To secure the order, AS&E collaborated with its distributor ASJ, right out of Najaf, Iraq.


To meet the needs of the Najaf Airport system, a complete package was put together, and included the Z Portal system, which can provide multiple views and image screening of an entire vehicle, all within a compact unit, which is safe for personnel and the environment. It is available in two sizes, one for large vehicles, and another for smaller passenger vehicles.


Customers have included Abu Dhabi Customs, North American Treaty Organization, and the United States Departments of Defense and Customs and Border Protection.


The package also includes the Gemini Multi-Technology Parcel X-ray Inspection System, which detects smaller items, including mail, baggage and hand held items. Available in multiple sizes, the Gemini system has the ability to detect metallic and non-metallic dangers.


Najaf Airport is not the only organization to utilize AS&E resources. The company’s X-ray detection systems have been used for screening efforts in the European Union, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.


“Passengers and freight forwarders are increasingly turning to Najaf Airport for their international air travel and shipping requirements,” noted Sheikh Faed Al-Shimary, Director General for the Najaf Airport Authority. “We chose AS&E’s comprehensive detection solutions because they provide rapid inspection of vehicles and carry-on luggage in a high-security and high-traffic environment while ensuring the flow of passengers and commerce — and because it is well-known in our region for delivering exceptional, responsive customer service.”



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