Sonntag, 10. Mai 2009

Why Is India The Latest GT200 Scam Victim?

After the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, shouldn't India spend its counterterrorism money on things which will actually work to find explosives?  

Remote explosive detection system demonstrated

Express News Service Posted: May 09, 2009 at 0112 hrs Pune A demonstration of the GT200, a remote substance and explosive detection system manufactured by a UK-based firm, was carried out on Friday at the Queen Mary Technical Institute in Khadki, in the presence of Army and police officers.

The Horizon Group, founded by retired Indian Army officers, which conducted the demonstration, is marketing the product in the country. According to Maj Gen (Retd) S G Pitre, chairman of the group, the GT200, which functions on paramagnetic principles, can detect almost all kinds of explosives and narcotics on land, water, air and underground.

“The detector locates paramagnetic fields emitted by target substances and is equipped to search for all types of drugs or explosives. It can be used for scanning large areas, vehicle checkpoint searches, building searches, port control searches, open area searches, Naval operation searches and air operation searches,” 

Pitre told newspersons. The device, which weighs around 450 gm, is compact in size and comes with a foldable antenna, which is connected to a small pack on an operator’s belt, which houses the operating unit and sensor cards. Apart from explosives, the system can detect narcotics, humans, currency notes, tobacco and so on, depending on the sensor cards used, Pitre said.

Earlier, Brig (Retd) Amit Apte, vice chairman, Horizon Group, explained the various functions, advantages and working of the detection unit, which was followed by a live demonstration. “As terrorists pose constant, challenging threats and increasing instances of low-intensity conflicts, such a remote substance detector will facilitate law enforcement agencies in the timely detection of improvised explosive devices,” Apte said.

“We have demonstrated the GT200 in several defence establishments across the country, including New Delhi, and the response has been positive. There is a plan to demonstrate it to the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation for certification soon,” said Pitre, adding that the unit currently has a certification from the Army Engineers, UK.

In addition to the Horizon Group mentioned above, the Nikung Group from India also advertises the GT200 Remote Substance detection system.

"GT200 - Remote Substance Detection System 
Developed in the UK over 9 years, in conjunction with the British Army, the GT200 locates dia and paramagnetic fields emitted by target substances such as plastic & chemical explosives, uranium acetate, ammonium nitrate, and ammunition 500 metres away. Other substances the GT200 is capable of detecting include narcotics, humans, tobacco, currency notes, toxins, etc. 
The device is body worn, weighs a mere 450g and is triggered by static generated by the user's body, requiring no additional power source. Furthermore, there is no known way to jam the device."

How would you jam a device that does not work from the starting?  Capable to detect explosives, uranium, drugs, humans, tobacco, money, toxins, does not use any external power source or batteries -- is there anything it can not do?  


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