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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

New technologies used in Iraq

There are many newer technologies available for Iraq which have dramatically reduced the effectiveness of insurgents and terrorists relative to a professional army possessing complete air dominance:
1) High-accuracy GPS guided bombs
2) Anti-mortar radars
3) New body armour
4) Encrypted digital radios
5) Remotely controlled turrets
6) Robots for de-arming IED's
7) Portable removely controlled land and air vehicles for small unit reconnaissance
8) Long-range armed UAV's for patrolling remote areas

One that is now going into service with all US military units in Iraq:
9) Portable local area cellphone jammers, which have significantly reduced the effectiveness of off-the-shelf cellphone triggered IED's

There is another coming on line soon, recently highlighted by Whaleoil:
10) An accoustically-triggered sniper locator

And now another which will also help defend against sniper attacks:
11) Aluminum-based transparent armour, which will be used to replace of plate glass

Any others? I believe portable devices which can see through walls (not IR based) are in the testing phase for emergency services.

The one threat remaining untackled are suicide bombers. To deal with these guys you'd need devices spread across a city which can somehow detect bomb material. Here's hoping such a device is coming, if not already in development.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/26/2005 03:53:00 pm


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leaving the country might be a better option and clearly the one most favoured by the Iraqi people but hey what have they got to do with it. The Americans are running this show and you Arabs had better pay attention.

10/26/2005 04:45:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

No, leaving the country is only an option for those who want to let the Iraqis die at the hands of the various groups wishing arab democratic government goes the way of the dodo. Which includes you.

10/26/2005 05:15:00 pm  
Blogger Ross Browne said...

Mortar locating radars have been around since the 1970s at least...New Zealand even used to have a pair of them in the 1980s...

10/26/2005 06:26:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Yeah I know, but this time they're much higher accuracy and coupled with aircraft overhead dropping GPS-guided bombs. I think they were used in Vietnam a well, just like light-enhancing vision devices were used back then but not terribly reliable nor portable.

10/26/2005 06:39:00 pm  
Blogger David said...

We've got devices that can wander around detecting explosives. They're called dogs. Why not use them in the streets to detect people who have been working with explosives? Not much good if they're ready to detonate, but fine if you want to catch someone transporting explosives or building bombs.

10/27/2005 04:00:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I was thinking more along the lines of something that could be mass produced, then situated around a city in a grid.

10/27/2005 09:00:00 am  
Blogger Sean said...

How about CCTVs all over the place. They'd allow one to track the perps back to their source.

10/27/2005 05:44:00 pm  
Blogger Stuart said...

you missed one off the list, depleted uranium weapons, they have a two pronged effect, first they cause the children of the terrorists to die horrible deaths after playing in the contaminated dust, so they don't grow up to be terrorists, and then secondly they cause the infidel GIs to get sick and die, thus meaning that less bombs are necessary in the future. Clearly a win-win situation


10/28/2005 04:19:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

"Depleted Uranium" is called depleted because it has had the radioactive isotopes removed. You stupid ignorant idiot.

10/28/2005 05:37:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

And they have also been around for at least several decades.

10/28/2005 05:38:00 pm  
Blogger Keith said...

And what about the fumes from Kevlar vests, Stuart, that cause G.I.s to run omok and put panties on prisoner's heads? Awful, innit?
Not to mention the fumes from Humvees that are causing global warming therefore hurricanes and killing poor black elderly residents of nursing homes in N.O....
Thank God for suicide bombers and mad Iranian presidents, reminding us of the paths of righteousness, eh?

10/28/2005 06:21:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

My initial comment was a little harsh in hindsight. But I'm truly sick and tired of people dragging out unscientific nonsense.

10/28/2005 08:39:00 pm  

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