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Long Range UAV's being used to home in on cell phones etc.

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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:25 AM
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Experiments in the Nevada desert are using unmanned aircraft to find the exact location of enemy electronic emissions, such as the mobile phone of a terrorist in a fast-moving auto.

U.S. Air Force researchers say they've been able to locate such targets, as well as mobile missile systems, within tens of meters and often in less than a minute, which makes them vulnerable to attack before they can flee surveillance.

Such tasks, until now, were the exclusive purview of classified systems on the Pentagon's small fleets of U-2, RC-135 Rivet Joint and other manned, intelligence-gathering aircraft. With the mission shifting to more versatile, long-endurance UAVs, new technologies are emerging from the black world to become weapons in the war on terrorism, say researchers here.
AWST Aug 16


IMHO this is a big deal in the war of terror. Remeber the CIA piloted Preadator that took out that car full of terrorist with a Hellfire. If you can have a couple of UAV's loitering around and track in on a cell phone then take them out. This could allow ultra rapid targeting and not allow "targets of Oppurtunity" to get away. It will also force the terrorist to react to us instead of the other way around.




posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 04:01 AM
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This is very good news. Like you said FredT before we couldn't locate the taliban just by their radios but now we can locate them and be ready to fire at the same time. This will greatly improve our soldiers Chances of making a big kill. All it takes is just one call by a terrorist.



posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 04:06 AM
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anyone know how fast these things are and what the range is?

-koji K.



posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 04:34 AM
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Interesting techonolgy. I know the Russians had a remote missle targeting system based on satallite phone transimssion.. with quite a long rage of target aquesition. UAVs onto mobile microwave transmissions is interesting.. but it'll be essential to be backed up by significant local intrelligence, if this advance is to be really bairing fruits...



posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 01:46 AM
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Originally posted by koji_K
anyone know how fast these things are and what the range is?

-koji K.


They did not specify the UAV's used in the article. I assume that that it is either the preadator A or B right now. Asuming one is overhead and the command and controll can pull the trigger, it should be a pretty fast system. intercept the call, analize the signal in real time, okay the strike, push a button and off goes Mr. Hellfire....... Bye Bye Gomer



posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 10:41 AM
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Originally posted by Qoelet
Interesting techonolgy. I know the Russians had a remote missle targeting system based on satallite phone transimssion.. with quite a long rage of target aquesition.


Yes. The Chechen President Dzhohar Dudaev was on his satellite phone that fateful night, when the Russian pilot patrolling the area saw the electronic signature and fired a missile that homed on the source. So it pretty much hit Dudaev's head. Bulls eye.



posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 10:45 AM
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And I bet these are just going to be used in the War on Terror. How long untill They are used on the war on drugs, or war on the people? This is NOT good at all.



posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 11:14 AM
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what you may or may not be aware of is that the major US cellular providers have received funding from the Office of Homeland Security to install GPS base stations on antenna sites to give a real-time position of the target. Lets hope its never you and I, shall we? This is the contractor.


www.trueposition.com...


Port Management/Security: tracking location positioning for harbor vehicles, vessels and containers. As well as managing ships and containers as they move in and out of U.S. ports.


Border Patrol: identifying a suspect phone or device linked to those bringing weapons or other contraband into the country, as it crosses a specific area or border.


Attack Recovery/Search and Rescue: giving first responders intelligence that helps them improve their response time. Identifying the position of victims who are using their wireless devices (perhaps trapped inside a building). Tracking, monitoring, and managing response teams helps gather intelligence after an attack.


Transportation/Infrastructure Systems: protecting and restricting access to bridges, tunnels, airports, nuclear power and water plants. Tracking the position and location of hazardous materials or weaponry as they enter and exit though tunnels (either through asset tracking or through the detection of a suspect phone).


Homeland Security Applications
TruePosition technology enables a variety of location applications that can provide valuable assistance for homeland security.


Mobile Phone Location: tracking the location of any phone, including targeted phones; backtracking (reviewing the history of what phones were being used during a past incident).


Geofencing: creating a virtual fence around a geographic location; alerts that signal anytime a particular wireless device enters or exits the area; helping detect penetration of a restricted area.


RFID device tracking: monitoring RFIDs on equipment; identifying an asset and its location, direction and velocity.



posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 12:13 PM
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Originally posted by SpittinCobra
And I bet these are just going to be used in the War on Terror. How long untill They are used on the war on drugs, or war on the people? This is NOT good at all.


Technology is a two edged sword. You have to develop the tools to fight effectivly. What war on people are you refering to? Also, the last time I checked, drugs were illegal.....



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