The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded three orders worth a combined $1.3bn for computed tomography (CT) scanners, for deployment from summer 2023.

If all options are exercised, the order will include up to 426 base, 359 mid-size, and 429 full-size units. It also includes the current procurement of 59 CT units for $42.9m out of the Fiscal Year 2023 funding of $105m to procure a total of 136 units, the TSA said.

Analogic Corporation will provide the base-size units, IDSS Holdings will provide the mid-size units, and Smiths Detection will provide full-size CT X-ray systems.      

“These CT units represent sophisticated technology that helps our professional, dedicated and highly skilled workforce detect new and evolving threats to improve aviation security,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Deploying these units across our security checkpoints as expeditiously as possible will also improve checkpoint efficiency and the passenger experience.”

In August 2021, TSA announced the award of $198m for the procurement of mid-size CT X-ray systems. The following March, it announced two awards for a combined total value of up to $781.2m for the procurement of base and full-size CT X-ray systems for airport checkpoints. In 2019, TSA announced its initial purchase of 300 CT checkpoint systems for airports across the United States through the AT/CT programme. There are approximately 634 CT units currently installed, and installations continue at TSA checkpoints across the country.

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