Afghan outpost called "Hell".

#1
Excuse my ignorance about army matters but I just read a story in the Sun about the Taliban planting ieds at night round the camp.

Why can’t the lads fly a helium filled balloon at night to which is attached a ground facing battery powered wireless night vision camera or infra red camera so they can monitor the night time nefarious activities. An alternative would be to fly the almost silent battery powered model helicopters with camera attached that would allow more mobility?

How do I get a suggestion like this to the right authorities in the MOD?
 
#6
Good idea !!

But, it costs money .....

........ so no, it's not going to happen.
 
#8
adriank999 said:
How do I get a suggestion like this to the right authorities in the MOD?
Try heliograph, semaphore, or carrier pigeon and be applauded for your old-school style.
 

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#9
adriank999 said:
How do I get a suggestion like this to the right authorities in the MOD?
Although you do seem to be a little bit barking - and this is probably a wind-up (NOT a wah, mongs :roll: ), I'll chip in with some serious help before legging it:

GEMS Suggestion scheme






Right, I'm off again!
 
#11
Attach infra-red cameras to mortars, with a relay system back to HQ, so you can see if you hit anyone... or not!

Alternatively, hire Iroquois Scouts to look for broken twigs and detect the smell of the enemy IED's underground.
 
#13
mattyw said:
Ok If I was flying I must watch out for all those ballons :? ok that could be slight pain in the @ss.
Ah, you need an infra red balloon detection capability.
 

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#14
I'm gonna be kind to the poor fool; mate you are somewhat behind the curve on this - the US has used unmanned observation dirigibles in Iraq for some years. They are bringing into theatre their Skycat derivitive by Lockhead, and a dirigible with ground penetrating radar was used for mapping mined areas with some considerable success in the Balkans way back.

I suggest you do a little research first next time.
 
#15
rampant said:
I'm gonna be kind to the poor fool; mate you are somewhat behind the curve on this - the US has used unmanned observation dirigibles in Iraq for some years. They are bringing into theatre their Skycat derivitive by Lockhead, and a dirigible with ground penetrating radar was used for mapping mined areas with some considerable success in the Balkans way back.

I suggest you do a little research first next time.

My bold.... MMMmmmm
 
#18
We Have already got them
 
#19
The Americans have indeed used them in Iraq for some time, Eagle Eye I think they called it a few years ago, they had one above the camp overlooking Route Hershey up in the North and even though the ground either side of the road was very open, somehow the insurgents still managed to dig several IED's into the roadside every night!

They are only as good as the operators below stagging on watching the video screens, I suspect up there that the civilian operators who spent 12 on 12 off took their time in the portacabin to get some Zzzzzzzzz's in 8O (human nature and all that).

The cameras are supposed to react with motion sensors covering the ground and zoom in on anything moving, if they combined these with f*ck off warning alarms to wake the operators up then they may well get some results, I believe some of them even have the capacity to rig up sniper weapons that they can remotely snipe from the balloons. :?
 

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