Tuesday, January 03, 2006


The "Radar Scope" will, when fully developed, allow troops to sense through a foot of concrete whether someone is on the other side, says Edward Baranoski of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Special Projects Office.

The American Forces Press Service picks up the story:
The Radar Scope, developed by DARPA, is expected to be fielded to troops in Iraq as soon as this spring, Baranoski said. The device is likely to be fielded to the squad level, for use by troops going door to door in search of terrorists.

The Radar Scope will give warfighters the capability to sense through a foot of concrete and 50 feet beyond that into a room, Baranoski explained.

It will bring to the fight what larger, commercially available motion detectors couldn't, he said. Weighing just a pound and a half, the Radar Scope will be about the size of a telephone handset and cost just about $1,000, making it light enough for a soldier to carry and inexpensive enough to be fielded widely.

The Radar Scope will be waterproof and rugged, and will run on AA batteries, he said.

"It may not change how four-man stacks go into a room (during clearing operations)," Baranoski said. "But as they go into a building, it can help them prioritize what rooms they go into. It will give them an extra degree of knowledge so they know if someone is inside."
And that's not all, Bob Barker. DARPA -- the acronym stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- is working on technology to scan an entire building and "look" inside. It will probably need more juice than double-As can provide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sort of thing seems like a "gee, that's awfully neet" gadget, but the implications are actually pretty big.

I won't go off on how this could be abused, but instead focus on the lives of servicemen and tactical teams it could help. This is the kind of tool that really can help save lives.