Explosives for training – can they be replaced ?

An Israeli company has developed a kit that aims to train airport security guards to recognise explosives. This eliminates the use of live explosives for this sort of training.

The kit contains a wide range of chemicals that replicate the most commonly used explosive materials – military, commercial or improvised.

It also contains various types of detonators, both mechanical and electronic, operating systems for improvised explosive devices and different switches.

According to the company the kit and its components are designed for training security personnel operating in airports, critical governmental facilities and land and marine transportation, as well as employees of law enforcement agencies.

The kit allows security personnel to become familiar with a broad range of explosive materials, detonators and operating mechanisms.

The kit was developed by X-Test – a member of the Tamar Group, an Israeli group of companies with more than 20 years of experience in the field of explosives and security.

The company’s systems are used by many security bodies in many countries.

The Israeli-developed kit has become even more interesting after press reports earlier this week revealed that Canadian transit police using explosive material while training bomb-sniffing dogs at Vancouver International airport left the substance on a commercial plane and failed to report it for two days.

On 14 January 2011 a transit police dog handler noticed the device was missing from his training kit, according to South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority internal documents.

It had last been seen two days before on 12 January, during training on board an Air Canada Boeing 767 at Vancouver International.

The plane took off for Toronto, and when it landed a thorough search of the plane showed no sign of the explosives, which were inert without a blasting cap.

Israeli experts say that the use of real explosives in training aviation security staff must be avoided.

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