IDenta says explosives ID kits identify underwear bomber’s PETN
Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed Christmas day attack on Flight 253, saying they have technology that can detect PETN, the powerful explosive that could have brought the plane down over Detroit.
Said Identa CEO Yaacov Shoham: "IDenta Alert Explosive Identification kits could have easily and accurately helped to identify the suspected substance, especially since, according to the news, the explosive was PETN, one of the standard and well-known explosives (already used in the past by terrorists). IDenta has IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers available to identify all of the substances already known to be explosives. The IDenta test is an instant test, inexpensive, very reliable, safe, easy to use etc."
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PETN, according to Identa, is significantly stronger than TNT, with 0.60 kg of PETN equivalent to one kg of TNT.
French airports in France are “in the beginning stages” of employing IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers, according to the company, and are the first to do so.
In addition, two entities that Identa identified only as “two large International companies” that manufacture electronic devices to detect explosives at airports “have inquired about and received information and samples of IDenta Alert Explosive Identifiers kits.”
Furthermore, says Identa, its kits also are being tested by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Identa also expressed its forward-looking belief that another unnamed U.S. agency would soon sign an agreement for an initial order of 100,000 kits.