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Florida contracts for nuke-detection tech

TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 19 (UPI) -- The Florida Department of Transportation has contracted Raytheon for the delivery of its nuclear-radiation-detection technologies.

U.S. company Raytheon said its Integrated Defense Systems unit was contracted to supply its Mobile Nuclear Radiation Detection System in a move by the Florida Transportation Department to expand urban threat-detection capabilities.

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Raytheon said its Mobile Nuclear Radiation Detection System uses spectroscopic technology to detect and identify illicit nuclear threats potentially targeting bridges, tunnels and ports.

"These systems have been developed to meet a critical need shared by every state with a large city," Mary Petryszyn, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems vice president of civil security and response programs, said in a statement.

"In this case, we are providing the state of Florida the proven capability that it needs to protect its citizens against nuclear threats."

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