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    India plans to buy radiation detection equipment to enhance internal security

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    The government is looking to buy radiation detection equipment (RDE) to deter and detect illicit trafficking of radioactive materials across international borders.


    The move will lead to a significant enhancement in India’s internal security abilities.

    The government is looking to buy radiation detection equipment (RDE) to deter and detect illicit trafficking of radioactive materials across international borders. Border crossings, integrated check posts (ICPs) and land ports will be equipped with RDE to stop any smuggling of material needed for a nuclear device or radiological dispersal device, said officials.

    The move will lead to a significant enhancement of India’s internal security abilities as border checks have so far focused on detecting counterfeit currency, drugs, arms and ammunition, and explosives, said a senior government official, who did not wish to be identified. The government issued a request for interest (RFI) on August 21, a copy of which has been seen by ET, for seeking inputs on system requirements and technical information for procuring RDE. India has ICPs at Attari, Jogbani, Raxaul, Agartala, Petrapole and Moreh which see cross-border trade and movement of passengers.

    The government has sought information from bidders on the experience from places the world over where RDE has been installed and is actually under use. The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, for example, has been helping many countries combat the smuggling of radioactive material at important international border crossing points with such equipment, including at the Friendship Bridge connecting Afghanistan to Uzbekistan. Traditional security tools such as X-ray scanners and metal detectors cannot detect radiation, and special radiation detection equipment is a necessary and effective tool to prevent smuggling across borders, as per the US Department of Energy.

    “The intent of this RFI is to seek inputs on system requirements and other technical information from leading organizations in the design, development, implementation, operation and management of RDE, and get the information from the bidders on the latest products and best practices followed globally,” said the document.

    Customs or security agencies could use the RDE, which could be installed in a drive-through monitoring station that scans trucks and their cargo. The equipment is capable of raising separate gamma and neutron radiation alarms and generating video frames of the target object. It will also have the ability to differentiate between special nuclear material and naturally occurring radiation in fertiliser or ceramics as well as high-energy gamma isotopes which are an attribute of recycled uranium, as per the document. Bidders have been asked to submit information regarding RDE by early September.
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    1 Comment on this Story

    Praveen Jaiman59 days ago
    Actually, we must plan to defend ourselves against Dirty Bombs, which Pakistan will certainly use during next war or Pakistan can gift these bombs to extremists for use against India. Till this day, no international treaty is there with regards to its ban. Use of Dirty Bombs will cause radiation along-with explosions, which can be detrimental to armed forces & common population due to prolonged radiation affects. India does not have Dirty Bombs, whereas Pakistan has around 285 devices till 2018, there is no confirmed present figure available with Pakistan, but its ministers keeps-on referring to it, as recently it was told that it has all size atomic-bombs & next war will be the last war with India. Actually, dilemma is if Dirty Bombs are used, it cannot be answered with full atom-bomb, as the whole world will get united against its use. A Dirty Bombs can only be replied with an equally potential Dirty Bomb. Unfortunately, we (India) are still not ready to face possible eventualities arising due to these dirty bombs. Wuhan Virus has prepared our medical system & general public indirectly for future biological wars, similarly this time on-our-own, we will have to make our nation ready for possible use of Dirty Bombs against us. We need to prepare ourselves for such eventualities, a possibility in near future, our government should make system ready to safe-guard & also treat our forces and common citizen, if any Dirty Bomb is ever used against us, let us not take it lightly.
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