TSA Again Selects Morpho Detection’s Next-Generation Itemiser® DX Desktop Explosives Trace Detection System for U.S. Airports

Second order in past year to bring more than 1,200 additional trace detection systems to U.S. airports for checkpoint, random, checked bag and cargo screening

Newark, Calif. – May 25, 2010

Morpho Detection, Inc., part of the Safran group's security business, today announced an order with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the second in the past year, for more than 1,200 additional Itemiser® DX explosives trace detection (ETD) systems. This order from TSA, which represents the largest single unit order in company history, is valued at more than $35 million and was awarded after a competitive contracting process.

First placed on TSA's Qualified Products List for checkpoint and cargo screening in March 2009, the Itemiser DX delivers qualified explosives detection in a desktop package that is portable, reliable, cost effective and easy to use. Utilizing Ion Trap Mobility Spectroscopy (ITMS™) technology to provide unparalleled threat and contraband detection, the Itemiser DX is optimal for checkpoint, cargo, and checked baggage screening.

This follow-up order brings the total number of Itemiser DX units purchased by the TSA in the past year to more than 1,600 as part of contracts valued in excess of $50 million.

"We take great pride in the confidence TSA has demonstrated in Itemiser DX's ability to help protect air travelers by placing this second major order in one year's time," said Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc. "We laud TSA's efforts to bring more and better advanced explosives detection to the frontlines of the nation's airports."

A lightweight, effective, and user-friendly detection unit, the Itemiser DX meets TSA's strict detection standards.

In addition to use by TSA at U.S. airports, the Itemiser DX is available in a commercial version to protect transportation, industrial and high-risk facilities and locations around the world.

Morpho Detection's order with TSA was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition to providing enhanced detection capabilities to protect travelers and cargo, consistent with the ARRA program, this order will directly help create or maintain U.S. jobs.

For more information on the Itemiser DX and other Morpho Detection products, please visit www.morphodetection.com.

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About Morpho Detection, Inc.
Sagem Sécurité's Morpho Detection, a business of the Safran group (PAR: SAF), is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Formed in 2009 following Safran group's acquisition of GE Security's Homeland Protection business, Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography (CT), Raman Spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™ technology), X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. With industry-leading products such as the Itemiser® DX trace detection system, the CTX line of explosive detection systems (EDS), and the StreetLab® Mobile hand-held chemical and biological substance identification unit, Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property in some of the most important and sensitive world locations.

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