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Afghan Army, Police to Get Handheld Detectors As IED Violence Escalates

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Sniff, Fido(click to view full) The Afghan National Army and Police will be getting handheld explosives detection devices thanks to the U.S. Army, which has purchased $6.8 million worth of the Fido XTis made by ICx Technologies. As part of the contract, ICx will also provide in-country training and support services. The company began shipping units at the end of June. Insurgents have been stepping up their use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan. On July 6/09, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported that 6 service members were killed in IED explosions. Their nationalities were not released, but the LA Times reported that they were U.S. service members. And on June 22/09, the ISAF said that 6 Afghan civilians were killed and 26 wounded when two IEDs exploded in Khost city in eastern Afghanistan. The Fido XTi, the international version of the Fido XT, features a modified user-interface, weighs less than 3 pounds, and provides trace detection of explosive materials or contamination. Fido uses a polymer-based technology to achieve faster explosive detection results, ICx explains. It helps users pinpoint people involved in the construction, transportation and deployment of explosive devices. Even after a positive detection result, screening operations […]

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