US shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Technical Solutions division has been awarded a contract to support the US Army’s non-intrusive inspection system support (NIIS) systems.

NIIS systems provide critical force protection measures to safeguard protect soldiers and secure areas.

They use nuclear source and X-ray technologies to scan vehicles, cargo and personnel for hidden improvised explosive devices and other contraband.

The contract will see the company deliver support and sustainment services for a period of three years.

The $78.4m contract was awarded by the US Army Product Manager Force Protection Systems.

“We are excited about this opportunity to expand our C4ISR footprint at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.”

Work will be carried out by Technical Solutions’ Mission Driven Innovative Solutions group (HII-MDIS).

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The company will deliver maintenance, engineering, configuration management, and training, as well as provide repair, fielding and supply support for the NIIS systems.

HII-MDIS will also provide the sustainment to NIIS equipment operating in the US and overseas.

HII-MDIS president Garry Schwartz said: “We are excited about this opportunity to expand our C4ISR footprint at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

“More importantly, we are proud to be a part of defending our service men and women at home and abroad. The non-intrusive inspection system is a key component in the continuous improvement of our integrated base defence systems.”

HII-MDIS has more than 1,700 employees in 36 states and territories and seven countries and provides mission-critical engineering and technical service to information technology, federal civilian, and national security customers.