Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group’s security unit, has received an order from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for maintenance of its deployed Itemiser DX desktop explosives trace detection (ETD) units.
Under terms of the order, which extends the two-year original equipment manufacturer (OEM) warranty for one year with annual renewal options, MDI will continue to provide preventative and corrective maintenance services for TSA’s Itemiser DX fleet, which has been deployed to US airports since November 2009. Previously, the TSA has used a third-party service provider for post-warranty maintenance services for ETDs.
The order, potentially worth up to $13 million annually during the order period, reportedly makes “significant savings” for the TSA, in comparison to outsourcing.
Brad Buswell, President and CEO of MDI, commented: “Morpho Detection is committed to helping TSA meet their high standards for equipment maintenance and service by driving continuous system improvements, enhancing system reliability and delivering operational cost savings.”
To date, the TSA has ordered more than 2,800 Itemiser DX units with a total contract value of more than $83 million.