ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwired - December 17, 2015) - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract from Spain national airport operator Aena, S.A. to supply and service 290 Itemiser® 4DX detectors.

Following competitive operational testing closely supported by local partner Alava Ingenieros, Itemiser 4DX was selected to meet the requirements of new EU legislation for enhanced screening of passengers at more than 20 airports throughout Spain. Building on 15 years of Itemiser systems reliably protecting travelers at leading global aviation hubs, Itemiser 4DX quickly detects and identifies threats on skin, clothing, carried items, bags, vehicles and other surfaces.

"Morpho is thrilled that following a competitive evaluation, Aena has recognized the superior detection and operational capabilities of Itemiser 4DX by placing the largest global order to date for our next-generation desktop detector," said Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. "The enhanced passenger screening capabilities of Itemiser 4DX, combined with rapid response and maintenance services provided by local partners including Alava in Spain, has created an unmatched, end-to-end industry solution."

Optimized for ease-of-use and mobility, Itemiser 4DX eliminates the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements associated with a radiation-emitting detection source. By leveraging long-life consumables and internal calibration, Itemiser 4DX seeks to minimize operational costs for airports and air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and government and critical infrastructure installations.

Currently approved for passenger and cargo screening throughout European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) 44 member nations, approximately 900 Itemiser 4DX have been shipped to airports throughout Europe. More than 23,000 Morpho threat detectors have been supplied to airports, air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and secure locations worldwide.

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About Morpho Detection

Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran's (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives, narcotics and CBRNE threat detection systems to government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.

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