New radiation sensor technology has formally entered service at Ukraine's Kharkiv International Airport, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said on Thursday (see GSN, March 31).
The development marked a new step in a bilateral effort to curb smuggling of nuclear and radiological material, the agency said. The NNSA Second Line of Defense program has worked with Ukraine's State Border Guard Service under a 2005 deal to deploy radiation sensor gear at more than 80 entry and exit locations around the former Soviet republic.
“We appreciate Ukraine’s commitment to advancing our shared effort to prevent dangerous nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists, smugglers and proliferators,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington said in a statement. “By preventing terrorists or would-be proliferators from smuggling nuclear materials across international borders, we are working to implement President Obama’s unprecedented nuclear security agenda while promoting peace and security around the world. We look forward to our continued work with our Ukrainian partners to make the world safer and free of WMD threats” (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release, April 7).