MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Interior Ministry intends to supply airports with new special devices designed to detect explosives and weapons, a ministry official said Thursday.
Vyacheslav Zakharenkov, police lieutenant-general and head of the ministry's Transport Security Department, said the equipment has already been installed at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, and includes the Ionoscan, which is able to detect very small amounts of cocaine and heroin.
Some new devices are still undergoing tests, including the Yakr-160, which is capable of detecting even small quantities of explosives in luggage, and Sibscan and Konsis, which are designed to examine human body and clothes, he said.
Introscopes have been widely used in airports, along with Norka, a mobile X-ray control device, he said.
New devices are being tested at Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo international airports in Moscow and in Pulkovo International Airport in St.Petersburg, Zakharenkov said.
"We have metal detectors, personnel with dogs [and] hidden cameras. Therefore, we do not see check gates are necessary," he said. "The threat is still high in international airports...no one can guarantee that a terrorist will not pass through control systems."