Jammu & Kashmir

US made vehicle scanner detecting nuclear material to arrive in Kashmir, officials say

Armed forces frisk commuters in lal Chowk, Srinagar [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is set to import vehicle scanning machines from the United States with an aim to “prevent arms transportation” in Jammu and Kashmir, reports said on Friday.

The Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) is an advanced version of the scanning system which is not based on X-Ray and it can monitor all vehicles entering in the union territory.

The MMPDS is a safe, effective and reliable automated scanning system that quickly detects, locates and identifies explosives, weapons, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, humans, other contraband, as well as unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear threats.

The officials quoted by news agency IANS said that this is a Muons-based static scanner technology for ‘Full Body Scanning of vehicles’ for concealed (or otherwise) contraband goods, all types of firearms (including un-assembled ones), ammunition, explosives, components used in fabrication of improvised explosive devices, gun silencers, various telescopic sights, night vision devices, radio equipments, fake currency, precious metals etc.

“At present after correspondence, presentations, and technical discussions with M/S SSBI Ltd and OEM, the dates for demonstration of MMPDS system at OEM’s R&D facility and Onsite installation at the US has been sought and awaited from the firm,” the news agency report quoted CRPF Director General Kuldiep Singhas saying.

He also said that many other manufacturers of vehicle scanning systems made presentations to the Force’s officials but they did not meet the requirements.

“Once the initial presentation is made before us, a team of CRPF officials will visit the manufacturer in the US to evaluate the actual performance of the system,” he said.

Muons-based technology can help detect dangerous nuclear material and see into damaged nuclear power plants.

Scientists use muons for archaeological purposes to peer inside large, dense objects such as the Pyramids in Egypt.


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