India advances fight against CBRN

India's Defense Research Development Organization has announced several major steps in the fight against nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.

Dr. W. Selvamurthy, a DRDO distinguished scientists and chief controller of research and development in life sciences, announced the advances to the press at the Defense Food Research Laboratory.

“The DRDO has invented a ‘Portable Gas Chromatograph’ which can detect chemical warfare agents," reported Selvamurthy as saying. "This has been converted into a three chemical paper which will be placed on the uniform and any change in colour will enable the soldiers to detect chemical contamination."

The DRDO, Selvamurthy said, has also invented an antigen-based diagnostic kit to aid in the diagnosis of typhoid, leptospirosis, dengue, H1N1, malaria, plague, anthrax and other diseases.

“DRDO has developed a H1N1 kit which is much superior to the existing kits used worldwide," Selvamurthy said. "The kits used across the world cost $176, while the kit invented by DRDO would cost only $22. Using these kits, the detection of the H1N1 virus can be done within one hour while the normal kit would take around 10 to 12 hours."

Newly invented Recce vehicles and remotely-operated vehicle Daksh will also aid in identifying chemically contaminated areas and removing any potential radiation source. Mobile decontamination vehicles have also recently been announced by the DRDO.