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An Electrifying Sentry

by Ward Carroll on June 28, 2007

Theres just something so agro about a claymore mine.

Tamp it into the ground, set a trip wire or a command detonation chord and clack one off when the bad guys get too close. Nothing like a spray of 700 ball bearings backed by C-4 to ruin your pursuers day.

But in todays counterinsurgency fight, the mighty claymore comes with a lethal certainty far more final than a hearts and minds fight can stomach.

Weve heard a lot about the controversial Taser system used primarily by law enforcement and civilians uncomfortable with firearms.

But take a look at the companys newest rig one that harkens back to that B-movie Michael Crichton dud Congo.
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The TASER Remote Area Denial system uses an infrared camera triggering device that trips an electrifying jolt of Do Not Enter on those who tread where they shouldnt.

TRAD is a revolutionary new concept in area denial, deploying TASER neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI) technology to incapacitate intruders who violate areas secured with a TRAD system.

The true power of TASERNET can be realized when TRAD modules are installed in a networked security solution. Ideal for protecting high value facilities or operations such as checkpoints, command centers, depots, aircraft insertions, and spec ops, as well as fixed installations such as embassies, air fields, utility facilities, pipelines, etc., TASERNET provides the user the capabilities of visual observation and oversight coupled with the ability to engage and incapacitate targets remotely. A simple user interface allows the operator to see, track, and identify targets with specific target designators indicating whether each target is a friend or foe.

The TASERNET application displays visual information from TRAD imagers as well as oversight cameras integrated with a graphic representation of targets positions and designations. Once an engagement decision is made (either by the operator or the system depending on user selected settings), the TASERNET program selects the specific TRAD units best suited for engagement and transmits fire authorization. The TRAD unit will then arrest the targeted individuals by providing complete incapacitation. Commands can be issued to the targeted individuals over the TASERNET system and the triggered TRAD unit can be reengaged by the operator as needed to restrain the targeted individuals until response teams can take the targeted individuals into custody.

And you can check out the (pretty creepy) promotional video here

(Hat tip to RC)

Christian

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moonbiter June 29, 2007 at 5:22 am

Two terms come to mind when looking at this: “short-ranged” and “fragile.”

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Demophilus June 30, 2007 at 1:55 am

We’ve got a nonlethal version of the Claymore: the M5 Modular Crowd Control Munition. I think DT’s already posted on it. Throws a shitload of plastic balls. Seems to me, that would provide more capability than this POS.
I mean, a motivated guy with a plastic trashcan, or just the lid, can take the damn thing down. Somebody’s got a lot of nerve, trying to flack this crap as an answer.
Tho’, I like the little logo. It would look pretty spiffy on a hand puppet, or a robot dog.

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curtis July 1, 2007 at 5:21 pm

That picatinny mount system for the AR-15 and M-4 on the video looks kind of crappy, and weak. I’d recommend redesigning the grip system to bring the bulk of the taser system up higher on the rail and closer to the gun. Bring the trigger and pistol grip up closer to the same level as the weapons pistol grip. The point of mounting the system on the gun is so that you can have both weapons readily available, and choose whichever one better fits the situation. Their system makes it look too awkward to aim the rifle through its sights.
In my honest opinion though, I seriously don’t see the US military accepting taser at all. It is remotely possible that some stateside bases might recieve it in case an antiwar demonstration gets really really big, and really really out of hand.Might be good to have at remote locations such as ICBM bases, (protesters like to trip the alarms and bang on the hatches, Takes a while for the SF teams to deploy, local law enforcement is almost certainly hours away) Taser would have too many political ramifications for the military.
Take that taser mount, put it on a remotely swiveling base, install that in a slightly uparmored 4×4 police vehicle, and roll it through a riot as a method to penetrate the crowd, and directly engage the ringleaders or most violent offenders without exposing police officers to the crowd. There might be some problems though, considering the fact that most police units that deal with such crowds also utilize water cannons. Using both could result in some rather fascinating unintended consequences.
All in all, I think that water cannons, and less-then-lethal projectiles can do the job better. Taser is more of a one on one weapon.

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22lr September 7, 2007 at 5:50 pm

And why do we need to spend millions of dollars making sure we dont hurt someone? whats wrong with putting real claymores out, how many times do you think the wires would be tripped? Bingo you got it right, they would never be tripped. By a protester that is.

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stephen russell December 30, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Great mobile & usable, nice for PD Riot force & along US Mex border & Fwd Iraq base defense alone.
Imagine these in Vietnam??
Deter VC zappers in Pleiku air base assult.
Or deter Tet in 1968.

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Soleilmavis October 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm

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