New Delhi: The NSG will soon deploy two
advanced US-made vehicles to counter any threat of chemical
and biological weapons to the national capital, including the
high-security Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.
The giant vehicle, called the Total Containment Vehicle
(TCV), will be able to safely defuse dangerous and contagious
bombs weighing upto 8 kgs.
Home Minister P Chidambaram today announced a sanction of
Rs 34.89 crore to the National Security Guard (NSG) for
procuring the TCVs.
According to sources, the `black cat` commando force will
procure a total of eight such vehicles, out of which one will
be kept with the NSG counter-hijack crack unit at the IGI
airport while the other will be deployed with the bomb data
centre here to rush it to any spot in the national capital.
While four TCVs will be deployed at the four new NSG hubs
in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata, the remaining two
will be handed to CRPF.
NSG chief RK Medhekar, during his interaction with
reporters earlier this month, had said that the new TCV is
one of the "best" which can be operated remotely and can take
The TCV first displayed its fine capabilities during the
2008 terror attacks in Delhi when one of the smaller versions
of this vehicle defused two bombs at the Central Park in
"In 2008, the TCV did a good job. But the smaller device
used to develop cracks after few explosions. Hence an advanced
version of the US made vehicle is being procured by the force
now," a senior NSG officer said.