Global threat detection solutions supplier American Science and Engineering (AS&E) has received an order to deliver a Z Portal cargo screening system and several Gemini parcel inspection systems to Iraq’s Najaf International Airport.

The systems will provide a complete detection solution, allowing the airport officials to easily scan vehicles and baggage for threats including weapons, drugs, vehicle-borne modern explosive devices (VBIED).

Najaf International Airport has also signed a five-year contract to continue support from AS&E’s service team.

AS&E president and CEO Chuck Dougherty said: "Customers with vital security missions rely on AS&E’s proven technology to meet their detection requirements in high-threat environments.

"Customers with vital security missions rely on AS&E’s proven technology to meet their detection requirements in high-threat environments."

"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."

AS&E secured the contract in collaboration with its distributor, ASJ, based in Najaf, Iraq.

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Najaf Airport Authority director general Sheikh Faed Al-Shimary said: "Passengers and freight forwarders are increasingly turning to Najaf Airport for their international air travel and shipping requirements.

"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."

AS&E’s Z Portal system can offer multi-view, drive-through screening for side and top-down screening of cars, trucks and vans, along with their cargo.

Its Gemini parcel inspection system allows precise threat detection for small hand-carried items, parcels, mails and luggage screening.

AS&E’s X-ray detection systems help aviation screening operations and are used by several customers across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the European Union.