Fake bomb detectors come back to haunt the Thai PM in parliament

What’s made from plastic, has a few items of wire and two plastic antenna probes? Explode , in fact.
The Thai military was duped into purchasing the dodgy bomb detectors thirteen years ago. Some 320 of them! With the ongoing insurgency in southern Thailand, the bomb detectors had been a possible resolution for ferreting out small ordinances within the three southern provinces of Pattanai, Yala, and Narathiwat, before they exploded. Or that’s the method it was bought to the Army.
Yesterday, the Thai PM announced that the Ministry of Defence had already taken authorized action against the native suppliers of the completely ineffective ‘bomb detectors’, marketed because the GT-200, seeking compensation of 747 million baht.
A Move Forward MP Jirat Thongsuwan asked parliament who, or which, organisation should be held accountable for the procurement scandal involving the GT-200s. They were bought from a British firm over two years, from 2006, with contracts valued at several hundred million baht.
According to Thai PBS World, in January 2010, the British government banned the export of the ADE651 bomb detecting device to Iraq and Afghanistan, after discovering that the device is a faux (and not even a good fake), and warned international governments that the ADE651 and GT-200 are “infective in detecting bombs or explosives.”
The GT200 was produced by UK-based Global Technical Ltd, which claimed the system might detect, from a distance, numerous substances together with explosives and medicines. It was distributed to a variety of different international locations in 2001 under the identify GT200, ALPHA46, ADE+651, and AL-6D. The first organization that imported and used the GT200 gadget was the Royal Thai Airforce.
The proprietor of Global Technical, the British producer of the units, was later convicted and sentenced to seven years in a UK prison.
To make matter worse, the Royal Thai Army spent 7.5 million investigating 320 of the procured items. The Move Forward party claimed, after the investigation, that the GT200s, all 320 of them, have been “only good enough for use as a “cat poop scoop”.
The gadget was first used at Bor Thong Airport in Yala. Officials had been “impressed by the results” so extra gadgets were imported into different departments. But the device’s effectivity was questioned after it failed to detect automobile bombs in Narathiwat.
The device was tested and it was discovered that it may solely detect four bombs from 20. This end result led to an additional investigation and prosecution of the distributing firms and relevant Thai officers. From 2001 to 2010, Thailand imported 1,398 GT200 and ALPHA46 gadgets, costing 1.2 billion baht.
The Thaiger believes that the GT200’s capacity to detect 4 bombs out of 20, as reported by the Royal Thai Army, is totally inconceivable provided that the design and function of the plastic field and a few wires could be unable to detect a nuclear explosion at point-blank vary.
But MP Jirat Thongsuwan already knew that.
“We all know that the gadget was just an empty plastic box with two plastic antennae that couldn’t detect any bombs. When anybody requested concerning the contract signing with NSTDA, the Royal Thai Army would say it is a secret.”

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