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SAS target Taliban using Royal Navy submarine technology
The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 02 Jan 2012 | Thomas Harding

Posted on 01/02/2012 7:37:37 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

SAS target Taliban using Royal Navy submarine technology

The SAS is targetting Taliban insurgents and Afghan smugglers in the Helmand desert using Royal Navy technology designed to hunt down Soviet submarines, it can be disclosed.

The Daily Telegraph has been allowed access to operations along supply routes that involve radar technology traditionally used to spot periscopes breaking the surface and missiles skimming across wave tops.

Using a sack-like device with which helicopters carry the radar equipment, the Sea King airborne surveillance and control (Skasac) can spot camel trains, pickup trucks and insurgents on foot dozens of miles away.

The Navy observers guide SAS troops across the desert to Taliban targets. In one operation, special forces intercepted a Toyota pickup truck that had heroin worth £6.45 million hidden in a false bottom. In another, troopers performed a pincer interception on a speeding Taliban vehicle, killing four insurgents.

"We stop drugs and money going out and troops and guns coming in," said Lt-Cdr Kevin Drodge, senior pilot of 854 Naval Air Squadron. "We think of the desert as the sea and we are back in our own environment. We strangle the insurgency lifelines, dramatically reducing their re-supply capability and crippling their efforts on the front line."

By tracking pickup trucks and camel trains, the Navy team of three Sea King helicopters and 43 servicemen, including engineers and analysts, have produced a map made up of millions of dots that shows the highways across the desert. The lines show 12 main routes, most going to Pakistan but at least four heading into Iran.

In their main role of helping special forces intercept the Taliban, the Navy crew are given a rough location and description of a target then guide SAS troops in off-road vehicles to intercept.

They can also call in

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; arizona; royalnavy; sas; taliban; texas; unitedkingdom; waronterror

A Sea King airborne surveillance and control (Skasac) helicopter hovers above Camp Bastion Photo: JASON P. HOWE

1 posted on 01/02/2012 7:37:43 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks sukhoi-30mki. I love UK gov't PR.
...the Sea King airborne surveillance and control (Skasac) can spot camel trains, pickup trucks and insurgents on foot dozens of miles away... "We stop drugs and money going out and troops and guns coming in," said Lt-Cdr Kevin Drodge, senior pilot of 854 Naval Air Squadron. "We think of the desert as the sea and we are back in our own environment. We strangle the insurgency lifelines, dramatically reducing their re-supply capability and crippling their efforts on the front line."

2 posted on 01/02/2012 8:47:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Whatever......call me when royal nukes are turning Afghanistan into royal glass.


3 posted on 01/02/2012 9:27:08 PM PST by Ajnin (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnocet!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This article is a sad comment on the state of the British military.

This job should be handled by Predators or by MC-12’s.

But since Britain can only afford two Predators and has no money for the foreseeable future, it seems they’re forced to improvise.


4 posted on 01/02/2012 9:43:20 PM PST by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

Predators can check Toyotas for drugs? Impressive!


5 posted on 01/03/2012 1:47:32 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

“This article is a sad comment on the state of the British military.

This job should be handled by Predators or by MC-12’s.

But since Britain can only afford two Predators and has no money for the foreseeable future, it seems they’re forced to improvise.”

And that’s a sad comment on why America has lost it’s triple A credit rating and Britain has retained hers - when in debt up to your eyeballs, use what you have, don’t keep buying new.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 2:25:55 AM PST by Caulkhead
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Wait until Dick Obama finds out the Brits are going after our friends, the Taliban!


7 posted on 01/03/2012 2:34:16 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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