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April 13, 2005

Wireless-controlled land mines

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

According to GlobalSecurity.org, the Army's new Matrix system that is refered to in this article, uses a laptop computer to remotely control both lethal M-18 claymore munitions and nonlethal M-5 modular crowd-control devices - which contain rubber pellets. Matrix is ideal for firebase security, landing-zone security, and both infrastructure and check-point protection.

AP

U.S. troops in Iraq will soon be able to lace their defensive perimeters with a high-tech, multi-pronged version of one of the most effective weapons in their enemy's playbook: the remote-controlled bomb.

By June, soldiers in the Army's Stryker Brigade, which operates mainly in and around the northern city of Mosul, will be able to pick out an individual anti-personnel munition from a minefield of hundreds and explode it by pushing a computer's touch screen from many yards away.
The system, known as Matrix, is part of the Army's emerging arsenal of "smart" land mines that military officials say are meant to do away with the accidental deaths and maimings caused by their not-so-smart brethren...

Related readings: MATRIX / Spider / Intelligent Munitions System (IMS)

Hat tip - Backcountry Conservative

Posted by Hyscience at April 13, 2005 11:18 PM



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