SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

June 11, 2013 08:00 ET

EADS North America Completes Development of the SONEX-P Portable Explosive Detection Device

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Jun 11, 2013) - EADS North America has completed development of the SONEX-P portable explosive detection device, a new technology that determines whether suspicious objects contain chemical, radiological, nuclear or explosive threats.

The man-portable SONEX-P is able to identify in as little as 90 seconds both the presence and location of chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats located in parcels, luggage, ordnance or abandoned bags.

A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement was started in 2011 with the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV). The CRADA provided EADS North America access to NAVEODTECHDIV munitions for testing and refining of the systems detection algorithm to improve detection of live ordnance and inert ordnance. Testing and demonstration of performance were conducted at NAVEODTECHDIV and results were documented.

The system has a separate algorithm for law enforcement, homeland security and first responders who deal with suspicious packages, abandoned bags and non-ordnance explosive threats.

"With the push of a button, SONEX-P allows first responders including explosive ordnance disposal teams to identify and characterize material threats concealed in everyday objects," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO. "We are working with the Navy to customize the product and provide the greatest possible protection for disposal teams, first responders and the general public."

Weighing 50 pounds, SONEX-P is comprised of only two elements: a portable detection head and a companion laptop computer. The portable unit can be quickly deployed in urban environments to scan unattended bags or other similarly sized threat objects. The system projects neutron particles at an object to quickly identify the type, location and mass of suspicious material.

The SONEX-P operator receives an automatic indication of a threat or no-threat condition with supporting 3-D images to aid in the response. Detection is automatic; no operator determination is required other than initial setup and placement of the unit. The system signals either a red light (threat) or a green light (no threat) in as little as 90 seconds.

EADS North America is a prime contractor to the Department of Defense and top-ten solutions provider to the Department of Homeland Security. The company provides a range of products to the U.S government including rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft, sensors and detectors, and communications products.

Globally, EADS is a homeland security leader with successful programs implemented in many countries from Europe to the Middle East. As part of the company-wide focus on innovation through research and development, EADS has been developing the SONEX-P solution since 2007 using internal funding.

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2012, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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