CRPF To Buy US Scanner To Curb Arms Smuggling In J&K

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New Delhi- With the aim of preventing arms shipments in the Jammu and Kashmir, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is ready to import vehicle scanning machines from the US, officials said.

The Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) is an advanced version of the non-X-Ray-based scanning system that can monitor all vehicles entering the union area.

The MMPDS is a secure, efficient and reliable automated scanning system that quickly detects, detects and identifies explosives, weapons, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, people, other smuggled goods, as well as unprotected against heavily protected radiological and nuclear threats.

Officials also said it was a Muons-based static scanner technology for ‘Full body scanning of vehicles’ for hidden (or otherwise) smuggled goods, all kinds of firearms (including unmounted), ammunition, explosives, components used in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices. , various telescopic sights, night vision devices, radio equipment, counterfeit currency, precious metals etc.

“Currently, 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 on – site installation at US were sought and awaited by the firm,” CRPF Director-General Kuldiep Singh said.

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

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

Muons-based technology can help detect hazardous nuclear material and look into damaged nuclear power plants.

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

It is pertinent to note that weapons are transported in the Kashmir Valley in large vehicles, especially in trucks transporting goods to the trade union area from other parts of the valley or from the International Border with Pakistan.
There have been cases where in the goods-laden trucks were used to transport even militants from one place to another in the valley, officials said.

Once these vehicle scanners are installed in Jammu and Kashmir’s major intersections, including highways, it will help the security forces to look at what is being brought into the trucks and other vehicles.

A senior CRPF official said this technology was better than that installed at the Petrapol integrated checkpoint at the India-Bangladesh International Border in West Bengal.

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