Smiths Detection Books Potential $379M CBP IDIQ for Rail Cargo Inspection Tech

Smiths Detection has been awarded a potential 15-year, $379M contract from the Customs and Border Protection to supply X-ray machines designed to inspect a train for hazardous items when passing through checkpoints.

CBP placed an initial $13.5M order for HCVT rail cargo inspection systems under the indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity and expects to begin receiving the scanners next year, the company said Thursday.

The system works to see through 12 inches of steel and scan rail containers moving at a normal operating speed.

Shan Hood, president at Smiths Detection, said the company intends for its HCVT technology to help CBP agents discover contraband in rail cars with the HCVT technology.

The IDIQ has a five-year base period of performance and a 10-year option for support services.

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