U.S. To Get Explosive Detection Kit From India


An explosive-detection kit (EDK) developed by India’s secretive defense research agency soon will be introduced to U.S. government personnel.

U.S.-based Crowe & Co. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to license the EDK technology. The kit, developed by DRDO’s High-Energy Material Research Lab (HEMRL), already is in use with the Indian armed forces, paramilitary and state police.

Faye Crowe, president of Crowe & Co., says “the explosive-detection kit addresses one of the major concerns related to homeland security. After getting the necessary approvals from the U.S. regulatory institutions, we are planning to introduce the explosive-detection kit to the U.S. Army and U.S. homeland security forces and in other international markets.”

HEMRL has developed the kit for quick detection and identification of explosives based on any combination of nitroesters, nitramines, trinitrotoluene (TNT), dynamite or black powder. The kit contains reagents capable of detecting explosives, even in extremely small, trace quantities, with the test requiring only 3-5 milligrams of the suspected sample and just three or four drops of reagents. The EDK comes packed in a handbag-sized box and in miniature vials that can be kept in shirt pockets.

With the EDK, security forces can instantly identify the explosive that was used for the detonation in the aftermath of a blast. “They just have to take a sample of the residues from the scene of the crime and test it against the chemicals given in the kit,” says Subhananda Rao, director of HEMRL. “The change in color tells them if the explosive used is RDX, TNT, PETN or any other chemical.” Sending samples away for remote analysis requires at least two days to confirm the type of explosives used.

The deal is important for DRDO, as it is one of those rare occasions when one of the agency’s products has been accepted in the global marketplace. DRDO would not divulge the financial terms.

The agreement with Crowe & Co. was facilitated by an accelerated technology assessment and commercialization program between DRDO and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The program aims at commercializing cutting-edge technologies developed by various DRDO laboratories for civilian applications.

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