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An explosive detection device, Raider-X, was recently unveiled at the National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED-2020) in Pune.

•    Raider –X is a Rapid Identification Detector, used to identify a wide range of explosives. The device is capable of detecting concealed explosives using the Raman Spectroscopy-based technique Umars (Universal Multiple Angle Raman Spectroscopy) from a 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.
•    Raider-X can detect up to 20 explosives within a distance of about two metres, but can be expanded as the requirements with certain limitations. It is developed jointly by High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune and IISc Bengaluru.

    There is no universal solution in the field of explosive detection as it is constantly evolving. There is a need for a synergetic approach towards developing latest explosive detectors by bringing scientific institutes, academia, security agencies, armed forces and police on one platform.
    Raider-X has the capability to detect explosives from a stand-off distance and since the nature of homemade explosives can vary and change over time, law enforcement agencies have the option to update the detector’s data library.
    The device has various applications including narcotics, for local police, for customs and other detection agencies who need to detect various elements which may be explosive or non-explosive in nature.

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. Thus, the workshop will help in the further development of explosive detection devices and keep abreast on the recent development and advancements in the field of explosive detection.

DRDO, High Energy Materials