CLIFTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $6 million contract by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force to supply GammaCam imaging systems to support the country’s recovery efforts.
The GammaCam, a portable imaging system, enables precise detection and analysis of radiation by showing concentrations of gamma rays superimposed on a video image. The system can be remotely operated and controlled, ensuring minimal risk to operators. Consisting of a sensor head and a portable PC-compatible computer, the GammaCam is self-contained, so all data analysis, data storage, and all aspects of sensor operation are controlled from the computer.
TEPCO, the Fukushima nuclear plant operator, purchased GammaCam systems from Exelis in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake that heavily damaged its facilities. Because of the GammaCam’s demonstrated effectiveness in detecting and analyzing radiation levels precisely and efficiently, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force has decided to use this same Exelis technology for its efforts.
“We’re honored to be supporting the Japan Ground Self Defense Force with a system that makes invisible gamma rays visible,” said Rich Sorelle, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “Our close relationship with the customer, combined with the best available equipment, will help speed recovery efforts, minimize radiation exposure for recovery workers, and significantly reduce risk radiation exposure to all nearby.”
The GammaCam’s unique architecture results in a small, lightweight and adaptable system, allowing for easy set-up, configuration and portability for a wide range of applications. It is capable of operating in high background fields without requiring the use of heavy and bulky shielding.
ITT Exelis Electronic Systems provides innovative integrated solutions for the global defense, intelligence, information assurance and commercial aerospace sectors. As a leader in electronic warfare and communications, we leverage our experience and innovation to ensure the success of our customers’ critical missions. Our technology leadership extends into the areas of airborne electronic attack, networked and satellite communications, counter-improvised explosive devices, airspace management, surveillance systems, airborne and shipboard radar, acoustic sensors, advanced composite structures and electronic weapons interfaces.
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ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion. www.exelisinc.com