As the world observes the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in the US, the National Geographic Channel explores some of the radical new anti-terrorist designs and technologies that help keep terror attacks at bay. From bomb-sniffing buses to futuristic smart guns to HiEnergy car bomb finder, Nat Geo’s ‘Combating Terror’ will showcase the technologies being developed internationally to combat future terrorist attacks. The nine-episode series will premiere on September 11 at 10 pm.
Using dramatic documentary reconstruction, extensive research, interviews with experts, archival footage and computer generated imagery (CGI), the series aims to present the latest cutting-edge technologies that are allowing us to push the limits while fighting the war against terror.
“India is one of the worst terror-effected regions in the world and ‘Combating Terror’ discusses this topic in a unique manner. From safer transport to highly sophisticated intelligence systems, the need of the hour is to develop technologies that can stop terrorists before they attack. Our first episode, ‘Outsmarting Terror’, will showcase what pre-emptive measures are being taken the world over to outsmart terror using research and technological advancements. The other episodes in the series showcase tragic terror attacks that could have been avoided; these episodes give us insights into the minds of the terrorists, which therefore could help us combat terrorism,” said Rajesh Sheshadri, Vice President-Marketing, National Geographic Channel, India.
The other episodes include ‘Bus 174’ based on the bus hijack that took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 2000; ‘Iranian Embassy Siege’ that features the incident of six armed terrorists storming the Iranian Embassy in London holding 26 people hostage in April 1980; ‘African Hijack’ that unfolds the drama of the failed hijack attempt of an Ethiopian Airlines B-767 aircraft en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, in November 1996; ‘Pentagon 9-11’ that recounts the hijack of American Airlines flight 77, which slammed directly into the Pentagon’s West Wall killing 184 innocent people and the five terrorists in September 2001; and the ‘Munich Olympic Massacre’, where Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli athletes and captured nine others during the 1972 Munich Olympics; among others.