By John Lee.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that Iraq wants to buy Rapiscan System Vehicles and associated products and services for scanning cargo, in a deal worth $600 million. The items to be purchased include:
- 90 M45 RAPISCAN Mobile Eagle High Energy Mobile System Vehicles;
- 40 M60 RAPISCAN Mobile Eagle High Energy Mobile System Vehicles;
- 70 American Science and Engineering brand Z Backscatter Vans;
- spare and repair parts;
- support equipment;
- personnel training and training equipment;
- Quality Assurance Teams, tools and test equipment;
- publications and technical data;
- U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance; and,
- other related logistical support.
The agency said:
"This proposed sale of Rapiscan systems and vehicles will contribute to a stable, sovereign and democratic Iraq. The purchase and use of these systems will facilitate progress toward this goal by increasing the government of Iraq's ability to defend critical infrastructure and reduce terror and insurgent activities."
The systems are designed to detect the movement of contraband through borders and checkpoints.