Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract from the US Customs Service to provide preventive and corrective maintenance and support for its Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) units throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Valued at $46.5 million, this contract will have a performance base of one year, with the option to renew for four years.
Since July of 1999, the US Customs has awarded SAIC a series of contracts for various configurations of SAIC’s VACIS. This includes the Mobile VACIS, which is a truck-mounted gamma-ray imaging system designed to non-intrusively inspect trucks, containers, cargo and passenger vehicle contents for explosive devices and or contraband.
The Mobile VACIS can reportedly be deployed with a two-person crew in 10-to-15 minutes, has fast relocation capability, and has the ability to scan a moving or stationary 40-foot container in less than 10 seconds.
VACIS’ early success as a tool to inspect stationary thick steel-walled tanker trucks for illegal drugs has expanded its use to a wider range of vehicles and cargo containers.
With VACIS, operators can view the gamma-ray images on a computer monitor to identify false walls or ceilings and other secret compartments typically associated with the transportation of drugs, explosives and weapons.