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Kinetic Courier / Kinetic Jammer

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It is always possible to jam RF communications given sufficient power. Lasers require line of site, which is normally a problem for Soldiers. Sometimes you need to get the message through. In WWI, they used runners. We can use machines to physically carry the message. This might take the form of drone, a ground robot, or a mortar round. It flies over to friendly lines until it overcomes the jamming and relays the message, or it might make physical contact with the network for a massive data transfer. This device would have to make use of a transponder so that friendlies know not to shoot it down.

The flip side of this is the kinetic jammer that is launched into the middle of enemy lines during the assault. It deploys its parachute over enemy territory and activates its thermal battery, broadcasting high power EW until the battery runs out. Repeat as needed until the enemy is overrun.

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1 year ago
cabil said
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The mobile mesh. Imagine using mobile drones, usi [...]
The mobile mesh. Imagine using mobile drones, using point to point laser comms to defeat jamming, and being mobile to prevent being fixed upon and destroyed. Each squad/unit as a drone buddy, that carries all the extra gear that soldiers hate lugging around, and also acts as relay point for that communication.
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It recycles the obsolete idea of a courier to address 21st century problems.

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It represents a way to get the message out regardless of the amount of electromagnetic jamming.

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1 year ago
Mike said
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I like the courier idea. The navy has reintroduced [...]
I like the courier idea. The navy has reintroduced celestial navigation at Annapolis. A marine general emphasized in an article last year to start practicing more with maps and compasses. The concern is the same - reliance on high tech systems which could crash, pushing us back to old school methods. I could see a rapid prototype developed of a 40mm grenade round used as a carrier. The 40mm rounds are low velocity and would great at the tactical level of battalion and below. Could handle paper messages, or have a thumb drive carrier in it if you want to transfer digital data between systems but network links are down.
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1 year ago - redcell254 said
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The U.S. Army had hand-emplaced and artillery deli [...]
The U.S. Army had hand-emplaced and artillery delivered small expendable jammers in our inventory 20 years ago. The artillery-delivered jammers were carried inside a 155 mm shell, which opened up in mid-flight and dispensed them over the intended target. Pre-programmed with appropriate frequencies, these small jammers degraded or jammed enemy single-channel comms within a few kilometers radius. Given the improved state of the art in processing power and battery energy density, we could revive this program to attack modern modulations with higher radiated power and longer battery life.
1 year ago - cabil said
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The mobile mesh. Imagine using mobile drones, usi [...]
The mobile mesh. Imagine using mobile drones, using point to point laser comms to defeat jamming, and being mobile to prevent being fixed upon and destroyed. Each squad/unit as a drone buddy, that carries all the extra gear that soldiers hate lugging around, and also acts as relay point for that communication.
1 year ago - Mike said
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I like the courier idea. The navy has reintroduced [...]
I like the courier idea. The navy has reintroduced celestial navigation at Annapolis. A marine general emphasized in an article last year to start practicing more with maps and compasses. The concern is the same - reliance on high tech systems which could crash, pushing us back to old school methods. I could see a rapid prototype developed of a 40mm grenade round used as a carrier. The 40mm rounds are low velocity and would great at the tactical level of battalion and below. Could handle paper messages, or have a thumb drive carrier in it if you want to transfer digital data between systems but network links are down.

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