India’s SPG moves with the times

India’s Special Protection Group (SPG) – the elite force that protects the prime minister, former prime ministers and their immediate kin – is going hi-tech. It is all set to acquire gizmos that can detect electronic circuits commonly found in IEDs and radio transmitters.

Tenders have already been invited for the procurement of 10 Non Linear Junction Detectors, a top-of-the-line device that costs over $350,000 each. The detector, which has a mounted antenna and a control unit, finds potential eavesdropping devices by flooding a suspect area or target with a spectrally pure microwave radio frequency signal.

Elite agencies like the US FBI and Britain’s MI 5 have this contraption and many within the government also felt that the SPG had to move with the times.