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More new secret technology - killer drones that can see through walls

The convergence of two technologies, unmanned drones and new radar that can detect people in rooms with up to 30cm of concrete has lead to drones that can track and target people even in buildings.

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Through-the-wall sensing is currently a topic of great interest to defense agencies both in the U.S. and abroad.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has been active in all these fields of investigation, approaching these issues both through hardware design and radar measurements and through computer simulation of various STTW scenarios.


What seems to be happening is that these two projects—STTW and UAVs—are converging.

In other words, unmanned vehicles that can see through walls. In some planning documents, the merger is explicit. A 2006 "Operational Needs Statement" from the military's Joint Urban Operations Office calls for a "STTW sensor mountable on both manned and unmanned vehicles," including "UAV platforms." A Navy bulletin calls for the same thing.

This sounds a lot like the mystery devices now being placed aboard drones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As the Los Angeles Times describes them,
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The devices are roughly the size of an automobile battery, but are heavy enough that outfitted Predators in some cases carry only one Hellfire missile instead of two.
The effect of these devices, according to a former U.S. military official interviewed by the Times, is that insurgents, even indoors, "are living with a red dot on their head."

Much more on the link

 http://www.slate.com/id/220...
By netchicken: posted on 21-9-2008








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