WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it has ordered 32 new eXaminer 6000 Explosives Detection System (EDS) machines from L-3 Communications of Woburn, Mass. The new delivery order is valued at $28.1 million. The machines will be delivered by spring of 2006 to support in-line explosives detection systems currently under construction at a number of airports.
"TSA is currently operating nine checked baggage explosives detection in-line systems with eight full and two partial systems under construction," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA. "The agency continues to partner with airports to develop creative methods to support the funding and installation of in-line systems."
An in-line baggage screening system allows TSA to remove the mini-van size EDS machines from airport lobbies and install them into the behind-the-scenes baggage handling conveyor system where the baggage is screened for explosives and automatically sorted for various departing aircraft. This high-tech permanent solution increases the efficiency of screening all checked baggage for explosives and adds a customer service benefit by allowing passengers to drop off their checked baggage at the ticket counter instead of bringing it to a separate area for screening.
The L-3 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract has a three-year ordering period for EDS machines, spare parts and related engineering services. This is the sixth delivery order under this contract. TSA has already deployed more than 530 of the company's EDS machines to screen checked luggage for explosives at airports throughout the nation.