In a surprise win, the Marine Corps last month awarded Smiths Detection a potential $69.8 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for up to 45 Rugged Mobile Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Systems. There were three bids for the work, including American Science and Engineering [ASEI], which has been successful so far in selling its Z Backscatter Van Military Trailer to the military for Rugged Mobile NII applications. AS&E officials say they are “perplexed” over the loss and would review their options following a debriefing of the source selection by the Marines. The initial award is for $12 million for 10 systems. The NII systems will be deployed to Afghanistan and the contract is expected to be completed by July 2013. The contract includes spare parts, installation, and maintenance, training and technical data.