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American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives First Order for Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) S-Class System for Spain Customs and



American Science and Engineering, Inc. Receives First Order for Z Backscatter
Van (ZBV) S-Class System for Spain Customs and Excise

Order Marks First ZBV System Deployment in Spain to be Used for Trade Fraud
Applications

BILLERICA, Mass., Jan. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and
Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of
innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today the receipt of an order
for the Company's top-selling, patented Z Backscatter^™ Van (ZBV) from Indra
Sistemas SA, AS&E's exclusive distributor in Spain, for use by Spain Customs
and Excise, a department within the Spanish Tax Agency. With this order, Spain
will obtain its first ZBV system, which will be used on their borders for
trade fraud interdiction of items such as cigarettes. This also marks the
first order for the recently introduced ZBV S-Class, which offers a reduced
operational footprint and a sleek, contemporary appearance.

"Spain Customs and Excise joins many of the world's most prestigious customs
and government organizations that rely on the ZBV system to regulate trade
fraud across their borders and collect unpaid revenue on smuggled goods," said
Anthony R. Fabiano, President and CEO of AS&E. "Our highly mobile ZBV
screening system has proven time and again its ability to safely and
successfully detect contraband, with many reported seizures of tobacco and
alcohol. With the ZBV S-Class, Spain Customs and Excise will have a more
streamlined chassis that provides added flexibility for scanning objects in
space constrained areas on their borders."

Z Backscatter Van (ZBV): The Number One Selling Cargo & Vehicle Inspection
System in the World

A breakthrough in X-ray detection technology, Z Backscatter Van is the number
one selling cargo and vehicle inspection system on the market, with more than
625 systems sold to more than 125 different customers in 57 countries. Since
its introduction in 2003, the ZBV system has consistently received the highest
marks for quality, reliability, and performance with a proven record of
detection results. The ZBV system is a low-cost, highly mobile screening
system built into a commercially available delivery van. It allows for
immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput
capability facilitates rapid inspections.

The ZBV system is used by leading government agencies, border authorities,
military bases, law enforcement departments and security agencies worldwide,
including: U.S. Customs and Border Protection on multiple borders; Abu Dhabi
Customs to safeguard borders; NATO Communications and Information Agency at
military checkpoints; Bulgaria Customs combating trade fraud on borders; Dutch
Customs Administration to scan empty airplanes; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to
protect a high-level facility; the Port of Venice to perform rapid inspections
of suspect vehicles; Tunisian Customs to combat trade fraud; customs security
for a Port Authority in Asia; and the Democratic Republic of Congo to fight
the illegal export of timber. The U.S. government has deployed hundreds of ZBV
systems for homeland security and force protection applications to detect
VBIEDs (vehicle borne improvised explosive devices), drugs, stowaways and
other contraband in war zones, military bases, and on U.S. ports and borders.

The ZBV system incorporates Z Backscatter technology — pioneered and perfected
at AS&E — and provides a single-sided configuration, small footprint, user
friendly operation, rapid scan speed and varied operating modes to provide
maximum maneuverability and flexibility for multiple applications.

The ZBV system is now available in three configurations — ZBV C-Class, ZBV
R-Class, and ZBV S-Class — to meet the diverse needs of ZBV customers:

  * ZBV C-Class: The original ZBV system built with a custom coach on a
    Mercedes-Benz^® Sprinter cab chassis.
  * ZBV R-Class: Built for rugged terrain, the Ford^® F550^® chassis offers
    4WD, additional ground clearance and a crew cab for extra space.
  * ZBV S-Class: The newest addition to the ZBV line, built in a standard
    Mercedes-Benz Sprinter panel van for a contemporary appearance and with a
    reduced operational footprint for scanning objects in the tightest
    confines.

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is a leading worldwide supplier
of innovative X-ray inspection systems. With over 50 years of experience in
developing advanced X-ray security systems, the Company's product line
utilizes a combination of technologies, including patented Z Backscatter^™
technology, Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD), high energy transmission and
dual energy transmission X-ray. These technologies offer superior X-ray threat
detection for plastic explosives, plastic weapons, liquid explosives, dirty
bombs and nuclear devices. AS&E's complete range of products include cargo
inspection systems for port and border security, baggage screening systems for
facility and aviation security, and personnel and passenger screening systems.
AS&E^® systems protect high-threat facilities and help combat terrorism, trade
fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, illegal immigration, and people
smuggling. For more information on AS&E products and technologies, please
visit AS&E's new website at www.as-e.com.

The American Science and Engineering, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12556

Safe Harbor Statement: The foregoing press release contains statements
concerning AS&E's financial performance, markets and business operations that
may be considered "forward-looking" under applicable securities laws.  AS&E
wishes to caution readers of this press release that actual results might
differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.
Factors which might cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected in the forward-looking statements contained herein include the
following: significant reductions, delays or cancellations (in full or in
part) in procurements of the Company's systems by the United States and other
governments; disruption in the supply of any source component incorporated
into AS&E's products; litigation seeking to restrict the use of intellectual
property used by the Company; limitations under certain laws on the Company's
ability to protect its own intellectual property; potential product liability
claims against the Company; global political trends and events which affect
public perception of the threat presented by drugs, explosives and other
contraband; global economic developments and the ability of governments and
private organizations to fund purchases of the Company's products to address
such threats; the potential insufficiency of Company resources, including
human resources, capital, plant and equipment and management systems, to
accommodate any future growth; technical problems and other delays that could
impact new product development and the Company's ability to adapt to changes
in technology and customer requirements; competitive pressures; lengthy sales
cycles both in United States government procurement and procurement abroad; 
future delays in federal funding, the market price of the company's stock
prevailing from time to time, the nature of other investment opportunities
presented to the company from time to time, the company's cash flows from
operations and market and general economic conditions. These and certain other
factors which might cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected are detailed from time to time in AS&E's periodic reports and
registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
which important factors are incorporated herein by reference. AS&E undertakes
no obligation to update forward looking statements to reflect changed
assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in future
operating results, financial condition or business over time. Readers are
further advised to review the "Risk Factors" set forth in the Company's most
recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K,  which further detail and supplement the
factors described in this Safe Harbor Statement.  Among other disclosures, the
Risk Factors disclose risks pertaining to that portion of the Company's
business that is dependent on United States government contracting as well as
international customers.

CONTACT: Public Relations Contact:
         Dana Harris
         Red Javelin Communications, Inc.
         978-440-8392
         dana@redjavelin.com
        
         Laura Berman
         American Science and Engineering, Inc.
         978-262-8700
         lberman@as-e.com

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