The Heathrow Airport will deploy 45 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) manufactured by Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection.
The airport will use the equipment to screen all in-gauge baggage in Terminals 1, 2, 4 and 5.
With a speed of more than 1,000 bags per hour (BPH), EDS will help airports to enhance their operational efficiencies by screening bags faster and with fewer false alarms.
The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has approved the CTX 9800 as meeting Standard 3 requirements and has been certified by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
With the CTX 9800, Heathrow will be able to enhance its screening capabilities and comply with UK Department for Transport regulations mandating Standard 3-approved EDS to screen all hold baggage by September 2018.
The deployment will make Heathrow the largest fleet of Morpho CTX EDS outside the US.
Morpho Detection president and CEO Karen Bomba said: "Morpho is thrilled that one of the world's busiest airports has recognised CTX 9800 as having the operational capabilities to meet their traffic and security demands.
"By reducing false alarms and time-intensive manual inspections of checked luggage, CTX 9800 is delivering on Morpho's commitment to help airports prepare for approaching regulatory mandates and security challenges."
As a part of the agreement, Morpho will provide logistical and service support and MUX multiplexing software that will enable networking capabilities in the central station and across the airport.
The CTX 9800 of the most widely used EDS in the world. Morpho has installed approximately 2,000 units of its CTX family across the world.
Image: Morpho Detection will install 45 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) to screen all in-gauge baggage in Terminals 1, 2, 4 and 5. Photo: courtesy of Piotr Redlinski / CAPA Pictures / Safran.