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13 March 2012

Smiths Detection, part of global technology business Smiths Group, has won a $20 million contract to supply the Indian customs authorities with high-energy, X-ray screening systems to inspect trucks and containers at four major ports.

The Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs chose Smiths Detection to deliver its HCVS stationary systems to the ports of Chennai, Tuticorin, Kandla, and Mumbai, over the next two to three years.  Smiths Detection will work in partnership with Bharat Electronics Limited, a government-owned public sector company under the Indian Ministry of Defence.

JK Srivastava, Managing Director, Smiths Detection in India, said:  "This win underlines our commitment to remain the world’s leading provider of X-ray security technology. We have reached this position because we continue to invest in product development and manufacturing excellence to best serve our markets. Our New Delhi facility has proved a key recent investment, affirming our presence in India and allowing us to work closely with our customers."

The HCVS is a stationary X-ray system that scans a complete truck in a single automated pass. It inspects trucks, containers, and vehicles for threats such as explosives, narcotics, weapons of mass destruction and contraband. The system’s high performance imaging capability can penetrate thick steel to provide detailed images of all contents.

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