The Candid Eye

June 30, 2009

Hot Chilli Grenades

Indian defence scientists in DRDO are determined to make use of Naga Chilli (in the image below),which measures over a million SHU(Scoville Heat Units) in their attempt to create grenade bombs,loaded with Naga Chilli – Bhut Jolokia,which was awarded, the hottest of all spices by Guinness world records in Sep 2006.

Bhut Jolokia

Hottest in the World!!

Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur is harnessing all this spice, particularly Bhut Jolokia,into military applications, such as high-effective tear gas.The WWF has asked DRL to explore the possibilities of using Naga Chillies to keep the wild elephants away from entering villages and fields.

Researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them.
The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.

Researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them.The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.The powder will also be spread on the fences around army barracks in the hope the strong smell will keep out animals.Other forms of pepper spray are commonly used for crowd control in many parts of the world.

What makes DRL Tezpur different from every other DRDO laboratory is its sharp focus on the specific problems of northeast India. For jawans deployed here, few issues are as important as the provision of clean drinking water in remote posts separated from each other by days of marching across mountains and jungles.

DRL’s first developed a portable water testing kit, with which soldiers could test water wherever they moved. The kit monitored 11 parameters, including pH level, hardness, and iron content. Initially it lacked an arsenic detector; that was developed and patented last year. The technology for the water testing kit was transferred to three private companies. It proved highly effective during the floods around Nasik last year.

Sources:

India Plans hot chilli grenades – BBC

The Naga Chilli – Spicing up DRDO research

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