Manchester Airports Group has selected Morpho Detection's 44 Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD) to improve screening at Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports in the UK.
The Itemiser 4DX will replace the legacy systems at the airports to meet new EU regulations on security.
The desktop ETD detects traces of explosives on skin, clothing, carried items, bags, vehicles and other surfaces.
According to Morpho, the non-radioactive radioactive ITMS (ion trap mobility spectrometer) component in the ETD reduces operating costs and hazards of dealing with a radiation-emitting trace detection source.
Morpho Detection president and CEO Karen Bomba said: "Itemiser 4DX helps airports enhance security and operational capabilities while reducing false alarms.
Supplies order to Manchester comes a day after a similar contract was awarded by Denmark's Copenhagen Airport for 30 Itemiser 4DX.
Morpho has deployed approximately 23,000 ETD units, including more than 800 Itemiser 4DX, at various airport checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, critical infrastructure and secure locations across Europe.
In July, Morpho's 14 CTX explosives detection systems (EDS) were selected by Mexico airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) for baggage screening.
Eight high-speed CTX 9800 DSi and six compact CTX 5800 EDS will be deployed at Cancun International, Cozumel, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Mérida and Oaxaca airports to improve hold baggage screening and operational capabilities.
Image: The Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detector. Photo: © Adrien Deneu / Morpho / Safran.