Electronic Weapons: August 27, 2003

Archives

Ground radar, used for spotting troops and vehicles, has been around for decades. But a new, lightweight, ground radar has proved exceptionally useful in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans. MSTAR (Man-Portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar) weights 83 pounds and can be carried to a location by two men. It's effective range is from 50 to 52,000 meters. But accuracy depends on what it's looking at. A walking man can be identified at 12 kilometers, a small vehicle (a car or jeep) can be identified at 24 kilometers, a larger vehicle at 36 kilometers. An artillery shell impact can be accurately identified at 15 kilometers. Getting an accurate GPS location depends on range. At 15 kilometers, MSTAR will locate the target to within about 60 meters. A laptop computer, running the Windows operating system, is used to run the radar. The radar draws less than 75 watts and can be run off a generator or vehicle electrical system. Over 500 MSTAR systems are in use. A popular use is base security. In these cases, the MSTAR operators can carefully check out the area scanned for dead spots and reposition the radar to insure that there is no protected route intruders can use to avoid the radar.

 


Article Archive

Electronic Weapons: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close