Infantry: January 4, 2003


The U.S. Marine Corps is testing a clip on electronic IFF (Identify, Friend or Foe) device for M-16 rifles. If troops are operating in an environment (at night, in an urban area) where there's greater potential for friendly fire incidents, the device lowers the danger level. A marine seeing someone who could be friend or foe, merely presses a button on the IFF device and, if a low level light glows red, knows that the other guy also has one of these IFF devices with the proper code. If the green light goes on, the other guy is either hostile, or a marine without an IFF device, or with a broken one. Either way, it takes some of the stress out of night operations in confused situations. The devices can be set with new IFF codes, or programmed to send the code for only a set time (in hours) in case there's risk that the enemy might get weapons off dead marines. The device is expensive, the marines won't say how expensive, and is still being evaluated. 


Article Archive

Infantry: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



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