Post 26/11, NSG aims for corner shot weapons, ‘through-the-wall’ radars

One year after 26/11, counter-terror force NSG, after successful trials, is all set to acquire state-of-the-art corner shot weapons and hand-held "see through" wall radars in a bid to prepare itself for future urban terror strikes and hostage situations.

Government sources told The Indian Express that the NSG will soon float tenders for acquisition of corner shot weapons, which allows commandos to shoot around corners without endangering themselves, and wall surveillance radars, which can help monitor events inside a room without entering it, for its special action group (SAG) troopers. Both the force multipliers were sorely missed during 26/11, when the NSG had to battle hard for more than 60 hours to kill the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists in Mumbai.

The NSG has already purchased one corner shot Glock weapon from Israel's Corner Shot Holdings at the cost of Rs 7,58,000 per piece and has successfully tested the weapon at its Manesar facility in the past two months. The weapon allows the shooter to track terrorists around a corner with the help of a video camera, mounted on the gun, which can swivel 63 degrees on either side. The counter-terror force is now planning to purchase more systems so that they can be mounted on standard Swiss SIG 551 or soon-to-be upgraded 553 assault rifles and AK-47 rifles used by the NSG commandos. This weapon is used by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) in the US and other Western countries to counter terror attacks.

Besides this, the NSG has also successfully tried out the "through the wall" radars manufactured by Israeli and British companies. With cost of each equipment running into several lakhs of rupees, the radar with an attached computer can be mounted on an outside wall. Particularly helpful in hostage situations and counter-strikes, the radar allows commandos to monitor rooms at a stand-off distance of more than 60 feet. Using ultra-wide band technology, the radar transmits 3D images in the form of dots, which gives clear picture of the location and strength of persons inside a room.

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