Press Release: FLIR

FLIR’s Fido® X3 passes the enhanced ASTM trace explosive detection standard with flying colours

Shrivenham, UK, Sept. 11, 2012 – FLIR’s newly released Fido X3 trace explosives detector has successfully passed both the basic and enhanced ASTM standard for trace explosive detectors (E2520 – 07 Standard Practice for Verifying Minimum Acceptable Performance of Trace Explosive Detectors).

The tests were carried out in conjunction with CBRNe World and Cranfield University, who provide the testing service and have developed the enhanced ASTM test. The two days of testing included both lab testing, looking at trace amounts of explosive down to the 3ng range, and field tests. The FLIR Fido X3 passed the lab-based ASTM basic standard, and was then put through the more rigorous ASTM enhanced test, which looked specifically at repeatability and consistency of detection. This second day involved post-detonation testing on the Cranfield explosives range, where trace samples of eight explosives were taken from witness plates in the blast area and presented to the FIDO X3 detector, which successfully detected the presence of a variety of them.

Andrew Johnston, Head of Explosives Testing for CBRNe World said:

“We are all very pleased with the outcome of the last two days. The Fido X3 trace explosives detector has performed very well in difficult conditions, and we’re happy to say it has passed everything we threw at it. The feedback from FLIR has been exceptional. This trace explosive detector testing service is innovative, and was developed with Cranfield University, who have the unique staff and facilities for this kind of testing, and it is no surprise to us that FLIR – one of the leading explosive detection companies in the world – were so keen to take advantage of it.”

Dr Ross Harper, Senior Scientist and Explosives Specialist for FLIR said:

“CBRNE World provided an exemplary testing experience for our new FIDO X3 ruggedized trace detector, conducted with both proficiency and professionalism. CBRNE World staff were highly knowledgeable in their field and delivered extensive, impartial, laboratory and range-based testing to ASTM standards upon our request. FLIR looks forward to maintaining this working relationship in the future.”

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. The Company's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. Visit the Company's web site at

Cranfield University
Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a University focus for the application of science and technology to law enforcement particularly, through forensic science and engineering. This is serviced by concentrating upon niche areas that include research and development, education, security technology, ballistics, forensic engineering and forensic archaeology.
Dr Karl Harrison is a registered Expert with the National Police Improvement Agency, a Professional Member of the Forensic Science Society, Karl’s operational experience includes seven years’ experience as a Scenes of Crime Officer and Crime Scene Manager working with Wiltshire Constabulary and West Midlands Police, prior to taking up an appointment as a lead scientist with LGC Forensics. He is now a Lecturer within the Cranfield Forensics Institute.
Tracey Temple. Lecturer within the Cranfield Dept of Defence Chemistry she focuses on explosive fate within the environment and conducts specific research in to explosive breakdown products.

CBRNe World
CBRNe World, a publication of Falcon communications is the world's leading publication on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosives (CBRNe) threats. With over 10,000 readers in the military and civilian response sectors the bi-monthly magazine serves the information needs of professionals around the world. The explosives detection testing service is the most recent addition to our growing consultancy division of Falcon communications.

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