Pen Size Explosive Detectors Will Spot Hidden Explosives

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ACRO, Inc. (OTC BB:ACRI), announced the availability of a new pen size explosive detector capable of reliably and consistently identify a broad range of military, commercial explosives. The new device complements ACRO’s Peroxide Explosive Tester (P.E.T) announced earlier, which is capable of detecting improvised peroxide-based explosives such as Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP). Both testers provide detection and identification capability covering the majority of explosives currently in use, such as TNT, Tetryl, TNB, picric acid, dynamite, RDX, PETN, nitrocellulose smokeless powder, C4, Semtex, and others. In addition to military and commercial explosives, ACRO-N.E.T can detect homemade explosives based on nitrate. (More...)

TATP like explosives are difficult to identify by common field equipment since they do not contain nitro groups or colors and may appear in a variety of shapes and forms, including liquid. Improvised explosive devices based on materials containing peroxide have increasingly been used in recent years by various terrorist organizations. The US army recently acquired 300 ACRO-P.E.T units. “The ability to identify military, commercial and peroxide-based improvised explosives with pen-like testers is unique and constitutes a major contribution to security professionals engaged in homeland security,” said ACRO Chairman and CEO Gadi Aner.

The pen-size tester measures about 15 cm and weighs only 32 grams. It operates by placing a sample from the suspected material in P.E.T test-pad, and inserting it into the tester where it is injected with the chemical solutions. If traces of explosive are detected, the solution turns green-blue. The whole process takes only few seconds.

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