HEMRL, Pune and IISc Bengaluru develops rapid explosive detector

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Pune, February 28, 2020 : High Energy Material Research Laboratory, Pune based DRDO laboratory is celebrating Diamond Jubilee on 1st March 2020. On this occasion, 2ndNational Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED-2020) is organized at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Golden Jubilee Auditorium, Pashan, Pune.

The National Workshop on Explosives Detection (NWED-2020) will be inaugurated by Dr Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO. The workshop provides a platform to scientists, technocrats and Users to share knowledge, experience and technological advancements made in the recent past. 250 delegates from different DRDO labs, Army, CRPF, CISF, BDDS, Police, Academic Institutes, Industry and other Security agencies are attending the workshop.

During the workshop, a new explosive detection device named as Raider-X, developed jointly by HEMRL, Pune and IISc Bangalore will be launched. Raider –X is a Rapid Identification Detector, used to identify a wide range of explosives. The device is capable of detecting concealed explosives using Raman Spectroscopy based technique UMARS (Universal Multiple Angle Raman Spectroscopy) from a stand-off distance. The data library can be built in the system to expand its capability to detect a number of explosives in pure form as well as with the contaminants.

With increasing terrorist activities, detection of explosives became a compelling need of the hour. Security agencies are continuously suffering from naxal attacks in various parts of our country. To effectively thwart the attempts of these anti-social elements, Academia, DRDO and other scientific institutes must focus on explosive detection in both bulk and trace forms.

HEMRL is pursuing the research on various explosive detection concepts in association with academia. HEMRL is also holding hands of all the indigenous developments in this area by extending help in evaluation. An advanced version of explosive detection kit christened as “OPX-Revilator” was developed by HEMRL, was launched in 1st National Workshop on Explosive Detection – NWED 2018. The device can detect more than 25 explosives in bulk or trace or in contaminated conditions. The device has undergone extensive laboratory and field trials successfully and will be made available to all security agencies.

Scientists from renowned Institutes / Universities will present and share the research work on detection of explosives during this workshop on 2nd March 2020 to evolve the road map for futuristic development of detection technologies.