AS&E in $2.8 million X-ray detection van deal

Published 17 December 2008

Massachusetts-based developer of the Z Backscatter detection van reports yet another contract for its “drive-by” inspection system; this contract follows in the wake of several other deals for the company’s solution

American Science and Engineering Inc. reports it has landed $2.8 million from an unnamed Middle Eastern government for its X-ray detection vans. Under the deal, AS&E (NASDAQ: ASEI) will deliver several Z Backscatter Vans to be used to secure government facilities and mobile checkpoints. The vans will be configured for harsh desert environments. AS&E will also provide operator training, service, and warranty.


The Z Backscatter Van is a mobile X-ray screening system built into a standard commercial van, allowing for “drive-by” inspection. One or two operators can conduct X-ray imaging while the ZBV drives past suspicious vehicles and objects. A remote console is also available for operating the system from a distance of up to 500 meters while the van is parked, the company said.

This is but the latest in a string of contract for the Z Backscatter van. In October AS&E won a $4.4 million order from the U.S. government for its Z Backscatter vans (again, the company says the contract was from an ‘unnamed department). In mid-September AS&E received a $22.1 million dollar contract from the U.S. Army for maintenance on cargo and vehicle inspection systems located in southwestern Asia. Earlier that month AS&E landed another $12.5 million service, maintenance, training and parts order for its Z Backscatter van, OmniView Gantry inspection system and the Z Portal screening system. The multiple cargo system order was also for an unnamed Middle East government client.

Billerica, Massachusetts-based AS&E reported a 2008 net income of $17.5 million on revenue of $166.7 million.