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RaIDer-X

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RaIDer-X

What to study?

For Prelims: What is it? Key features?

For Mains: Significance and it’s relevance today.

Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore have developed a new bomb detection device called Raider-X.

What is RaIDer-X?

It is an explosives detection device. It can detect up to 20 explosives from a stand-off distance of two meters.  Developed by the High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL) — an arm of the DRDO — in Pune and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. It can also discern bulk explosives even if they have been concealed.

Applications:

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.

Significance:

Most of the recent terrorist attacks had explosives that were made from easily available ingredients like petrol and gelatin sticks rather than high-end materials. And devices like RaIDer-X are incremental to thwarting the threat from homemade explosives.

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Prelims Link: Similar such technologies developed by DRDO.

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What is RaIDer-X? Why is it significant?

Sources: pib.