Skip to comments.The 'cat's eyes' laser that can help British troops pinpoint a sniper before he pulls the trigger
Posted on 01/13/2009 6:52:44 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
Snipers or assassins could be spotted in their nests before even firing a shot thanks to laser surveillance technology to be unveiled in Britain.
European and U.S. companies are accelerating research into anti-sniper defences in response to threats in Afghanistan and Iraq and at home.
But most systems use acoustic or thermal sensors that depend on waiting for the first shot.
An alternative developed by the European aerospace group EADS aims to warn of attack and pinpoint the sniper before he pulls the trigger by bouncing light off his telescopic sight.
'It is the same principle as 'cat's eyes' in the middle of the road,' said Peter Talbot-Jones, research team leader at EADS Innovation Works at Newport in Wales.
'Cat's eyes' behave like the retina of a cat by reflecting light from a car's headlamps to illuminate lines on the road.
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Does anyone else get the feeling that these technical innovations in counter-insurgency warfare make the second amendment even more irrelevent than it already is when it comes to protecting against the government?
You think the Second Amendment is irrelevant?
“Does anyone else get the feeling that these technical innovations in counter-insurgency warfare make the second amendment even more irrelevent than it already is when it comes to protecting against the government?”
IMO it makes it even more important.
Yep.....I was thinking the very same.
These kinds of technologies end up being like radar guns for cops. First someone invents the radar gun. Then the radar detector. Then better radar. THen better detectors. Then instant on radar. THen...
They will never be king of the hill forever.
I’d think some type of polarized filter over the objective lens would defeat this pretty easily.
Not for something like crime-prevention, no. But for having the potential to rebel against a tyrannical government, yes. And whatever you say about every measure having a countermeasure, the government is always going to be way ahead of the curve compared to your average joe....
There are millions of armed citizens in my state of Michigan alone. There are probably similar numbers in the rest of the midwest states as well.
Since you are in the UK, you may not be aware of how heavily armed many parts of the US happen to be. Churchill said “We will fight them in the hills, in the fields, and on the landing grounds”. I suspect that the UK no longer has a serious ability to do that. The US can.
Do they have gear capable of taking down helicopter gunships, fighter-bombers and tanks, or just small arms?
The government also has technology that can detect the trajectory of home-made mortars and is getting better at detecting IEDs, and now detecting snipers before they can even fire a shot.
As the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq have shown, you can’t hope to defeat a western military, the best you can hope to do is survive....
Also, huge numbers of our military would refuse to fight a war against their own citizens. I suspect that a lot of military equipment would fall under civilian control that way.
It really doesn’t matter. It’s just mental acrobatics at this point anyway.
You’re spot on. The members of the army have to live here, too. An army that tried to brutally suppress the US populace would find that their communities would turn on them. The result would be very unpleasant.
Also, let's not kid ourselves -- if it really hits then fan, less than 100% of the US military will side with the tyrannical government. Robert E. Lee was offered command of Abraham Lincoln's army. Lee decided to fight for the other side. This pattern will repeat in some measure.
So, rebels in the US will have a 100 million man army, and some armored divisions, and some serious anti-aircraft capability, and some ...
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