The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared a proposal worth over Rs 55 crore to buy two truck scanners for the Army, which will deploy them to scan cargo in Jammu and Kashmir.
The full body scanners will enhance the capability of the army to detect arms and ammunition and chemicals.
The scanning equipment is required by the Army to be deployed at places in Jammu and Kashmir where cross-border trade routes have been opened across the Line of Control (LoC).
The army has been working to procure these equipment for a long time but two similar attempts have failed. It was close to finalise a contract in this regard in 2010 but the process had to be scrapped after allegations of corruption.
The army wants that the scanners should also be able detect radioactive and nuclear material as well as sniff out various explosives, different types of detonators, circuits, electronic components and chemicals.