SWAT teams wow crowds with testing of latest police kit

Special police teams are wowing crowds in the Moscow region by testing out the latest weapons and vehicles, as part of Interpolitex, an international showcase for state-of-the-art kit for cops.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the exhibition has already been dubbed the “biggest in years.” Over 370 manufacturers from 13 countries are presenting their innovations in the field. Apart from Russian producers, the exhibition attracted 25 foreign companies from the US, Germany and France.

The focus of this year’s exhibition is harnessing the latest digital technologies for police work.

Thus, visitors get a chance to see a “sensational alcolaser” – a sensor that can remotely identify alcohol fumes in a car.

The sensor is produced in two models, stationary and portable. The first can “smell alcohol” in a car from a distance of 25 meters, while the manual alcolaser will detect alcohol from 15 metres. The alcolaser is effective on cars moving at speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Moscow’s traffic police will have them in service by the end of this year.

Another feature on display is the “Marple” investigator’s kit, named after Agatha Christie’s famous character. The kit contains a set of technical equipment for special inspection, a range of programs for restoring information deleted from microchips, and an up-to-date tablet computer.

The Interpolitex exhibition also features the state-of-the-art Medved (“Bear”) mine-resistant vehicle. Designed on orders from the Interior Ministry, it protects those sitting inside from explosive devices of up to 7 kilograms of TNT.

Among other military innovations are the Dragonfly, Swallow and Hummingbird drones, an improved version of the Tiger-M vehicle, and a mobile special-purpose field medical complex.

“I am pleased that the products represented at the exhibition are not science fiction, but workable specimens,” said Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev.

The exhibition program also includes the demonstration of various types of weapons, military and special-purpose equipment.

The Russian Interior Ministry’s special task-force units will conduct military exercises, including various elements of hand-to-hand combat, hostage release by anti-terrorist groups, and other elements of counter-terrorist activities.

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