01 Sep 07. Fears grow over Taser expansion. Officers who are not firearms specialists will be able to use the 50,000-volt Tasers to protect themselves or the public from Saturday. As part of a year-long trial the officers will be able to use Tasers when faced with serious violence – even if a suspect is not armed. Amnesty International opposes the move, claiming the guns can be lethal. Until now Tasers have only been issued in Britain to members of police firearms units. (Source: BBC)
04 Sep 07. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Cunning Running Software Ltd (CRSL) of Romsey, Hampshire a 5 year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to supply between 35 and 83 licences for SAM-PRAS to their Office of Security Assessments (OSA). This follows a 6 month pilot of 4 systems within the OSA. The contract, which is valued up to $4.5m, includes training and support, and may include enhancements to the system as the threat and its mitigation changes over time. SAM-PRAS, the Surface to Air Missile Position Ranking and Analysis System, is also in service with the Royal Air Force, Australian Department of Defence and at 2 major civil airports in the United Kingdom. It provides rapid identification of potential MANPADS launch sites around airfields. Using data about flight paths, terrain, and weapon types, the software quickly identifies and prioritises the threat from each of these sites.