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Government Agency Awards AS&E IDIQ Service And Maintenance Contract

BILLERICA, Mass., July 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today that it has received a multi-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from a government agency, valued up to $60 million, for the service and maintenance of its AS&E X-ray inspection systems in support of counter-drug and anti-terrorism missions.The first task order has been funded for $11.2 million. AS&E will provide support services including all maintenance services, logistics, parts, and program management required to sustain the agency's inspection systems.

"This new contract will ensure that our valued customer's detection systems continue to perform at optimal levels," said Chuck Dougherty, President and CEO of AS&E. "With countless seizures reported, AS&E systems have proven their ability to quickly and safely find threats and contraband in trucks and passenger vehicles. We have worked closely with our client to meet their requirements, and we are very proud to continue to play an important role in their critical counter-drug and anti-terrorism missions."

AS&E's Worldwide Service and Support

AS&E's highly skilled Field Service Engineers (FSEs) provide support services worldwide. Each FSE, with a technical degree in electrical and mechanical engineering or equivalent experience, is trained in the operation and repair of electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanics, electrical systems, and computers. Available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, FSEs are located at AS&E offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced, X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays — pioneered and perfected by AS&E. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com .

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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