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L-3 Security & Detection Systems' MV3D explosives detection system receives TSA certification

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) has announced that its MV3D explosives detection system (EDS) has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The MV3D incorporates a stationary gantry design and a large rectangular tunnel for high system availability, maximum throughput and cost-effective operation. The system is now both TSA- and EU Standard 3-approved.

“This new certification demonstrates the MV3D’s ability to meet the highest levels of detection performance. Its revolutionary design generates the throughput and image quality of previous EU Standard 2 systems, while providing the detection performance required of EU Standard 3- and TSA-certified systems -- all at a very high level of reliability,” said Thomas M. Ripp, president of L-3 Security & Detection Systems. “This achievement is a direct outcome of L-3’s ongoing partnership with the TSA and our investment in research to continuously improve our technologies and keep abreast of regulatory requirements and emerging threats.”

Scanning up to 1,800 bags per hour (BPH) with a belt speed of 0.5 meters per second and featuring a rectangular 1-meter-wide by 80-centimeter-high tunnel, the MV3D is ideally suited for easy integration with high-speed baggage handling systems worldwide. The MV3D’s fixed-source, dualenergy design delivers high-resolution 2-D and 3-D images, allowing operators to make faster, higher-confidence decisions.

L-3 SDS offers customers the broadest range of TSA-certified and EU-approved EDS solutions for every throughput class, from its compact eXaminer SX (360 BPH) to the widely deployed eXaminer 3DX (540 BPH) to the high-speed, dual-energy eXaminer XLB (1,200 BPH). The MV3D enhances the EDS lineup, enabling L-3 to offer a 1,800 BPH solution for airports requiring the highest level of throughput.

Since 1998, L-3 SDS has used CT and multi-energy X-ray imaging technology developed for aviation security with an understanding of the complex demands faced by airport personnel and regulatory agencies around the globe. L-3 SDS systems have been procured by airports domestically and internationally and are supported by L-3’s world-class service organization.

With more than 50,000 systems deployed and supported around the globe, L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) is a leading supplier of security screening solutions. For more than 30 years, L-3 SDS has developed and manufactured cutting-edge products using advanced technologies that include 3-D computed tomography; automated, conventional and high-energy X-ray; radiation detection; active millimeter wave imaging; metal detection; and energetic trace explosives detection.

L-3 SDS solutions are used by the aviation and transportation industries, regulatory and customs authorities, government and law enforcement agencies, and commercial and critical infrastructure facilities. Applications include the screening of people, vehicles, baggage, cargo and packages for explosives, firearms, drugs, radiation, contraband and corporate assets. To learn more about L-3 SDS, please visit the company’s website at

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 45,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2014 sales of $12.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at


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