Morpho Awarded London Heathrow Airport Explosives Detection Systems Contract

High-speed CTX 9800 EDS to screen all in-gauge baggage in four terminals. 

Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM - April 8, 2015

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Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract with London Heathrow Airport Ltd. to supply 45 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi™ explosives detection systems (EDS) to screen all in-gauge baggage in Terminals 1,2,4 and 5.

Following competitive testing, Heathrow Airport selected CTX 9800 for its in-gauge baggage to enhance screening capabilities and ensure compliance with U.K. Department for Transport regulations mandating Standard 3-approved EDS to screen all hold baggage by September 2018. Under terms of the agreement, Morpho will provide logistical and service support and MUX™ multiplexing software to enable central station and airport-wide networking capabilities.

After deployment, Heathrow will operate the largest fleet of Morpho CTX™ EDS outside the U.S.

"Morpho is thrilled that one of the world's busiest airports has recognized CTX 9800 as having the operational capabilities to meet their traffic and security demands," said Karen Bomba, president & CEO, Morpho Detection. "By reducing false alarms and time-intensive manual inspections of checked luggage, CTX 9800 is delivering on Morpho's commitment to help airports prepare for approaching regulatory mandates and security challenges."

Capable of screening more than 1,000 bags per hour (BPH), the high-speed CTX 9800 enhances operational efficiencies by screening bags faster and with fewer false alarms. The CTX 9800 is approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting Standard 3 requirements and certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Morpho's CTX family of EDS are the most widely used in the world, with nearly 2,000 units deployed worldwide. 

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