ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)—  A new technology has been developed by Sandia National Laboratory to detect nuclear weapons.

Radiation detection equipment tested and created by Sandia Labs was recently used in Russia for the first time.

The effort is part of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between Russia and the United States to reduce the number of nuclear warheads to only 1,550 by Feb. 5.

In the 1980s, similar equipment was created at Sandia for another treaty that determined whether Russia was in possession of illegal missiles.