Airport security specialist Leidos is to upgrade the hold baggage screening systems at Sofia International Airport in Bulgaria.

The upgrade is designed to comply with the latest European regulations, reflecting the airport’s commitment to passenger safety and efficient operations, according to Leidos.

Leidos will install three EU Standard 3 certified MV:3D Explosive Detection Systems (EDS).

Each is equipped to meet the highest level of threat detection with high-degree accuracy and low alarm rates. The company will also install two new transmission X-ray systems as part of the upgrade. In addition, Leidos will provide a comprehensive ten-year service contract for the systems, intended to provide uninterrupted, first-rate performance.

The high-performance MV:3D has a fixed X-ray gantry and uses multiple detector arrays to create high-resolution 2D and 3D images. This advanced screening technology is designed to give Sofia Airport the ability to scan up to 1,800 bags per hour, per system, and drive efficiency into their screening operations.

“The equipment installation will make travelling through our airport a faster and more seamless experience for passengers. This is a strategic step to modernise Sofia Airport and operate more efficiently to meet the highest levels of safety standards,” said Jesus Caballero, CEO of SOF Connect, operator of Sofia Airport.

The installation of the new systems is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2024, ahead of next year’s summer season.

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