Does anybody remember TOBIAS?

#1
Saw one today - can't remember what the name stood for.
 
#2
Terrestrial Observation By Intrusion Alarm System but its correct name was Alarm Set, Anti-Intrusion, Restricted Area.

Introduced in 1969 so you must be an old bugger.
 
#3
that the thing with the geophones?
it actually works well caught one suspicious Israeli tourist with a load of electronics gear around the time of granby :D
 
#5
I was racking my brains trying to think where I'd heard the name.

We had one demonstrated to us in about '78 or '79. At the time, the British Army seemed to be entering a technological phase, with all manner of wondrous things being brought out (laser rangefinders, for instance).

The impression was given that TOBIAS would be rolled out to give security support to virtually all units. Never saw (or heard) of it again, though.
 
#6
pombsen-armchair-warrior said:
Terrestrial Observation By Intrusion Alarm System but its correct name was Alarm Set, Anti-Intrusion, Restricted Area.

Introduced in 1969 so you must be an old bugger.
I am indeed old. We used it at RMAS in '79 and that was the last I saw of it. Until today - on Ebay, where somebody (who didn't know what it was) sold one without geophones for the princely sum of £6.80..............
 
#8
well sort of
all set up going haywire
nig theres somebody out there the things going haywire we should check it out

old sweat things a piece of shit does it all the time

nig well I'm going to look slightly bored
OI you ******* stop

mossad spy er I was looking for a toilet :roll:
nig ******* hell your Israeli you mossad?
nah I'm err a canadian tourist
taken away never heard of again by int corp
who came 5 minutes later for his suitcase full of stuff :D
and then 10 minutes later for all the gizits we'd nicked from it :roll:
 
#9
I did a course at the School of Inf Support Weapons Wing, Netheravon, in 1970 or 71 on IRIS and TOBIAS. Although they worked as standalone systems, integrating them worked better.
Yes they both worked, but you need a bit of experience listening to Tobias to get the best out of it. Biggest problem with both systems was laying the poxy D10 cable.
The Septics used air delivered radio geophones (Tobias-alike) in Vietnam, particularly on the Ho Chi Minh trail, to good effect, I understand.

In a cable-free modern version, something similar could be a useful asset.
 
#11
Devilishdave said:
I seam to remember using somthing very similar in NI in the early 90s.

Dave

I'm sure Tobias was used around the Golf and Romeo Towers.
 
#12
brighton hippy said:
well sort of
all set up going haywire
nig theres somebody out there the things going haywire we should check it out

old sweat things a piece of s*** does it all the time

nig well I'm going to look slightly bored
OI you * stop

mossad spy er I was looking for a toilet :roll:
nig * hell your Israeli you mossad?
nah I'm err a canadian tourist
taken away never heard of again by int corp
who came 5 minutes later for his suitcase full of stuff :D
and then 10 minutes later for all the gizits we'd nicked from it :roll:
Did anybody understand any of that?
 
#13
Not a word. Must recharge weed filter

on Ebay, where somebody (who didn't know what it was) sold one without geophones for the princely sum of £6.80..............
About as useful to people as a Lenny Henry vinyl LP

In a cable-free modern version, something similar could be a useful asset.
Add in sophisticated DSP, make it air drop and consider it *probably* a done job. :wink:
 
#14
brighton hippy said:
well sort of
all set up going haywire
nig theres somebody out there the things going haywire we should check it out

old sweat things a piece of s*** does it all the time

nig well I'm going to look slightly bored
OI you * stop

mossad spy er I was looking for a toilet :roll:
nig * hell your Israeli you mossad?
nah I'm err a canadian tourist
taken away never heard of again by int corp
who came 5 minutes later for his suitcase full of stuff :D
and then 10 minutes later for all the gizits we'd nicked from it :roll:
Right, put the spliff down, take a walk and start again. This time use punctuation and also ensure you put down all the words in your head.
 
#15
Bravo_Bravo said:
brighton hippy said:
well sort of
all set up going haywire
nig theres somebody out there the things going haywire we should check it out

old sweat things a piece of s*** does it all the time

nig well I'm going to look slightly bored
OI you * stop

mossad spy er I was looking for a toilet :roll:
nig * hell your Israeli you mossad?
nah I'm err a canadian tourist
taken away never heard of again by int corp
who came 5 minutes later for his suitcase full of stuff :D
and then 10 minutes later for all the gizits we'd nicked from it :roll:
Right, put the spliff down, take a walk and start again. This time use punctuation and also ensure you put down all the words in your head.
My thoughts exactly.
 
#17
TOBIAS? Good God - there's a name from the past...........which is EXACTLY where it should stay, piece o' krap.

The damned thing was on a par with ZB298: which was also (mostly) krap.
 
#18
brighton hippy said:
.....
old sweat things a piece of s*** does it all the time

....and then 10 minutes later for all the gizits we'd nicked from it :roll:
it's early ish and I understood it!

in the same vein wasn't there summat called CLASSIC as well?
 
#19
FFBox said:
brighton hippy said:
.....
old sweat things a piece of s*** does it all the time

....and then 10 minutes later for all the gizits we'd nicked from it :roll:
it's early ish and I understood it!

in the same vein wasn't there summat called CLASSIC as well?
I seem to recall mention of "UGS" and "BUGS" as well although I can't recall how they were different (how something got to be "U" without being"B" escapes me).

Before I am accused,I should state that I feel perfectly confident that my urine would stand the most rigourous scrutiny if the CDT nazis came calling
 
#20
Bubbles_Barker said:
pombsen-armchair-warrior said:
Terrestrial Observation By Intrusion Alarm System but its correct name was Alarm Set, Anti-Intrusion, Restricted Area.

Introduced in 1969 so you must be an old bugger.
I am indeed old. We used it at RMAS in '79 and that was the last I saw of it. Until today - on Ebay, where somebody (who didn't know what it was) sold one without geophones for the princely sum of £6.80..............
FFS £6.80 that was a starred item in its day!!
 
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