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20 Apr 10. Acro, Inc. unveiled its all-new ACRO-Mini-ETK and ACRO- CH.E.T. products at the Counter Terror Expo 2010 in London. The ACRO-Mini-ETK contains four crushable ampoules protected by plastic mini tubes, filled with liquid reagents for the detection of explosives. Each kit contains sampling paper, a quick reference table and instructions. This compact kit distinguishes between explosive and non-explosive materials. Furthermore, the kit is capable of identifying four classes comprising the majority of explosives currently in use and revealing their traces on the body and various items such as clothes, suitcases, door handles and car surfaces and has been successfully used by Israeli police and security forces of other countries around the world. The ACRO-CH.E.T. (Chlorates Explosives Tester) is a light, easy-to-use, disposable, pocket-sized device that immediately and accurately identifies chlorate based explosives and can be used independently or as part of a total systems solution. The ACRO-CH.E.T. has low false positive and negative alarm rates, is very sensitive and can detect 10 micrograms of chlorate based explosives traces. The Counter Terror Expo offers a secure exhibition showcasing the latest solutions dedicated to the counter terrorism and specialist security arena. The products and technologies shown in the exhibition form a crucial part of counter terror capabilities. The exhibition features over 300 international leading vendors. (Source: Yahoo!)

22 Apr 10. American Science and Engineering, Inc., Billerica, Mass., was awarded on April 20 a $48,818,439 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is to procure up to 37 backscatter van military trailer scanner systems for entry control points in Afghanistan. Work is to be performed in Billerica, Mass., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 17, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Research, Development & Engineering Command, Natick Contracting Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (W911QY-10-C-0078).

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