UN­PRO­TECTED ON THE GROUND

A home min­istry mod­erni­sa­tion plan from 2012, to equip CRPF troop­ers with equip­ment to fight left­wing ex­trem­ists, re­mains un­re­alised

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Ground Pen­e­trat­ing Radar Sys­tem 450 units

Eight per bat­tal­ion, one each for 10 Co­bra units. Used to find IEDs/ mines un­der­ground, where deep-search mine de­tec­tors are un­able to de­tect

Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cles (UAVs) 55 units

It has been pro­posed to equip all 55 CRPF units de­ployed in Maoist ar­eas with one UAV each

Hand-held Ther­mal Im­agers 800 units

De­spite 800 units be­ing au­tho­rised, only 200 have been pur­chased

Mine Pro­tected Ve­hi­cles 352 units

Ar­moured ve­hi­cles, used to pro­tect troops from IEDs and as­sault ri­fle fire. Only 120 such ve­hi­cles—each cost­ing over Rs 1 crore—have been pur­chased thus far

N-CROS Tar­get Ac­qui­si­tion Binoc­u­lars 1,113 units

For round-the-clock sur­veil­lance; has rangefind­ing and GPS fa­cil­i­ties

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