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Insurgents are becoming more creative when designing IEDs  (Source: AP)

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A simple RC truck with a wireless camera helped save US lives in Afghanistan

A bit of luck and a gift from a serviceman's family member helped save six U.S. service members currently deployed in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Fessenden used a basic RC truck with an attached wireless video camera able to scout ahead while out on patrol.  After loaning the truck to a different unit, the little RC vehicle set off a 500-lb. IED blast triggered by a hidden trip wire.

Since he first received the device in 2007, it helped locate multiple suspected IEDs designed to cause as much devastation as possible.  Staff Sgt. Fessenden's brother and shop friend plan to try and create a new truck that can be shipped for use in Afghanistan.

It may sound silly that a small RC toy truck is being used to detect IEDs, but troops on the ground are willing to accept any help they can.  Techniques have ranged from trained dogs to sniff out IEDs to better intelligence from locals that run the risk of repercussion from the Taliban.  

The U.S. Air Force continually uses high-resolution cameras to try and locate IEDs, while ground troops use metal detectors and similar devices to find IEDs.  Growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has also helped identify insurgents planting roadside bombs, along with pinpoint precision strikes to destroy the munitions.

Insurgents routinely use IED attacks -- including booby-trapped items and bodies -- before sometimes launching small-arms attacks on soldiers.  

Unfortunately, soldier amputations from Afghan IED attacks have dramatically increased as soldiers dismount armored vehicles to carry out foot patrols.  

Using cell phones, devices with on-off switches, or connecting wires to set off IEDs, insurgents are very familiar with U.S. patrol tactics -- an important lesson to military officers trying to stifle the catastrophic damage from IEDs.

U.S. lawmakers and Pakistan are already testing the boundaries of a weary relationship with growing concern that about 84 percent of ammonium nitrate used in IEDs comes from two Pakistani plants.  

Questions related to IED attacks should remain a major topic as the number of killed and wounded by these sometimes sophisticated devices continues to increase.



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RE: R/D truck
By Lee Carhoff on 8/9/2011 6:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
About 5 years ago after seeing so many soldiers killed from IED's I had one of those aha moments while locking up my kids John Deer truck toy. The ones you get at wal-mart. If mounted 3 cameras one that sees heat, night vision, and day time. All electronics give off heat so you could see if the ground had spots. In the back would be a device that would send out a signal burst on all frequencies. With a few modifications such as the tires and the remote it would have cost about $200 - $300. So I contacted an engineer and a scientist from a wellconstruction known university to see if this would work. They suggested I contact the DOD right away and tell them my idea. So I did, they expanded that even though it would work and was a good idea that they had already spent millions on a company that was to engineer a device that would block all signals from triggering. I told them I'm not looking for a handout or recognition just use the idea till your could be implemented. They said that is not how things are done.


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