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.