Infantry: February 28, 2002


: Special Forces units returning from Afghanistan have produced another "wish list" of equipment they need for future operations:

@ A lightweight counter-mortar radar (already in development) which can detect incoming mortar shells from any direction. This device is carried in two parts and can be assembled in 30 minutes.

@ Collapsible unmanned aerial vehicles (already in development) that can be carried in a backpack and deployed for long periods to "look over the next hill".

@ New laser designators that are lighter, smaller, and have longer range.

@ Improved radios that can function in caves, in built-up areas, and over mountains.

@ Small vehicles able to operate over narrow tracks and provide motorized mobility for teams.

@ Lighter and smaller batteries that last longer.--Stephen V Cole


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