Elgin AFB: Local EOD units test new imaging tech

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.- Local explosive ordnance disposal units received and were trained on a new upgraded portable imaging X-ray system here last week.

The new Vidisco Guardian 12 Digital Radiographic X-ray system enhances EOD’s capabilities by making it easier to view the internal contents of suspicious, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently delivered the first systems to Hill Air Force Base, Utah and will distribute the remaining systems in conjunction with training events over the next five years. One of the first training events took place here July 22. EOD flights from Eglin, Hurlburt Field and Tyndall received the new systems and attended the training.

“The digital X-ray technology will make a world of difference for our EOD forces,” said Tech. Sgt. Quentin Tubbs, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD technician at Dover AFB, Delaware. “It will increase the reliability of capturing clear and concise images and reduce the amount of time we spend next to hazardous devices.”

EOD Airmen receive new x-ray equipment
Image: U.S. Air Force/Elgin Air Force Base

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