Smiths Detection has won a $50m order from Airports Authority of India (AAI) to supply its CTX 9800 DSiTM security solutions.

The order was awarded through a global competitive tender issued by AAI, which currently manages a total of 125 airports in India.

Under the deal, the company will install and integrate CTX 9800 DSiTM systems at 11 sites across nine Indian airports including Chennai International Airport and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.

In addition, Smiths Detection will work together with AAI to implement the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 screening of hold baggage at Level 1 for inline systems across India.

“The system is powered by computed tomography technology and can be configured to deliver up to 1,800 bags per hour.”

The implementation of the systems will ensure airports comply with the standards of India’s civil aviation security authority Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

Smiths Detection India general manager Jerome de Chassey said: “The Indian market is forecast to be the third-largest aviation market in the world by 2026, so security is a mission-critical factor in enabling India’s airports to be future-ready.

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“Smiths Detection is honoured to partner with AAI, supporting airports to stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape with a technological solution that is fully compliant with regulatory requirements.”

Smiths Detection’s CTX 9800 DSiTM is a high-speed explosives detection system (EDS) for hold-baggage screening.

The system is powered by computed tomography technology and can be configured to deliver up to 1,800 bags per hour.

The CTX 9800 can also be customised to meet specific requirements of any existing or new baggage-handling system.

Smiths Detection has so far installed a total of 4,000 hold baggage solution units worldwide.