SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit (w/ Video)

SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) -- SpotterRF has announced a special radar backpack kit designed to enhance situational awareness for soldiers on the ground. The company says its special radar is designed for warfighters as part of small expeditionary groups in austere and remote locations across the world. The company provides small and easy to use surveillance radar, the Spotter M600, for use by these soldiers. The military backpack kit announced this month is called Spotter Radar Backpack Kit (RBK).

The kit, which weighs less than 20 pounds, includes two M600C radar units, each mini-radar unit tracking a 90-degree angle, network hub, tablet, 2590 battery, tripod, , and backpack. Power and networking connections are via a ruggedized, waterproof Ethernet connector.

The company says training to operate the system (using a web UI setup) is not complex and may take as little as 30 minutes in the field. SpotterRF’s backpack system covers a 150-acre track, 1000 meter by 800 meters wide (If an ambush attacker comes within 150 acres, the system tracks it.) Threats can be detected regardless of weather conditions—snow, rain, fog, or sand. The onboard CPU combines imaging, tracking and discrimination.

The Spotter Radar Backpack Kit was developed in response to calls from the military to focus on protecting the soldier on the ground. This may seem too obvious, especially with army sayings such as soldiers are the service's greatest weapon. While big-ticket weapon systems, attack helicopters and special aircraft have won attention, however, product development for the soldier is a work in progress. Army leaders are seeking a greater product development focus on individual fighters.

Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. noted that “Until recently, radar surveillance was only available for large force protection systems like BETSS-C or G-BOSS. Now, every warfighter can have radar. This is truly a force multiplier for small combat outposts." Situational awareness at night may collapse around the solider, he added, making it all the more valuable in coupling ground-based with imaging into a backpack unit as what he was referring to as a potent "force multiplier.”

The kit is being promoted as cost-effective for small force , counter insurgency efforts and other forward operating base missions. This is in step with the service’s call to start spending on small units and direct more technology research efforts around the foot soldier.


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May 26, 2012
I'm visiting Japan soon, I need a geiger counter backpack rather than Radar backpack.....

KBK
May 26, 2012
After all, we all need more alienating and spiraling out of control preemptive war and aggression.... don't we?

In all seriousness, I think it is a great TOY..... but with regard to war, well....

May 26, 2012
It would be interesting to know what the cost per unit is. The less expensive they can make it the more useful it will be since I figure that they would need more than one to compensate for terrain obstructions. It sounds like a very positive development.

May 26, 2012
After all, we all need more alienating and spiraling out of control preemptive war and aggression.... don't we?

In all seriousness, I think it is a great TOY..... but with regard to war, well....


Preemptive in the sense of when armies of psychopaths who throw acid on women and little children and assassinate adulterous women in public arenas go and host international terrorist headquarters who blow up massive office buildings and we need to presumptively go in and do something about it? That kind of preemptive war?

Given the importance of situational awareness, your dismissal of this product as a toy that won't effect anything would be more pursuasive if you had given some sort of argument to support this assertion.

May 26, 2012
Sean W: Radar is usefull on a ship or an aircraft. Or something that has the firepower to destroy what it's detecting. What can a rifleman do with a back pack radar? Ohh, there's some aircraft over there. Let's fire our M16s at them?

May 26, 2012
Let's see. They can take cover, they can bring out shoulder fired Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), they can call for air support, ...

A little warning can go a long way. Just ask the jihadis that had close encounters with Predator drones...

May 26, 2012
It's for spotting ground targets. Watch video. Overdue if you ask me.

ka_
May 26, 2012
Would the radar not inform the enemy of your presence on a distance at least twice that of which the radar would spot someone else? Beside, will it not essentially give a lock on your location. Radar detected, lock, fire...

May 26, 2012
i think small outposts would be greatly served if they had an unmanned blimp above their heads, with larger perimeter scanning radar, a blimp that also would be equipped with a duo smart mortar, to further reduce warning time and provide an early responds, its like having instant cas. Close air support, while being the american Trump card(albeit rather expensive), you can not always have your apache or a-10 scrambled in time to save your outpost from being overrun by a human wave (reffering to that outpost in afghanistan where 9 soldiers got killed by a coordinated attacked of 150 taliban).

May 26, 2012
it all dandy that footsoldiers getting more high tech gear, but seeing how much backpack the soldiers already must carry, patroling through the hot and muddy/rocky fields, you would need an exoskeleton pretty soon if we keep adding stuff, therefore i think it would be usefull for infantery to have such a blimp, that goes on patrol with them as well, and beside providing situational awareness, might drop a few waterbottles and extra ammo clips, we need to offload that footsoldier to improve his range and agillity, the key is that you can spot you opponent before you come into ak47 range, how often we see patrols "make contact" by basically defending against ambush in progress?

May 26, 2012
I have an uneasy feeling about using active radar this way. It is not impossible to rule out that some smart terrorist engineers won't be able to modify/ made pocket-sized radar detectors to alert them that the area is covered. In real terrains, there would be some dead spots that ground-based radar can't cover. Husky's idea of aerial radar is better. Balloons are dirt-cheap compared to other hardware and weapons. If the radar emitters are suitably ruggedized and maybe protected by airbags, they can be re-lofted, reused again and again after the balloons are shot-unless the radar unit got hit directly.

May 26, 2012
@Sean_W - Not to be a dick, but preemptive war means war where you attack another country or organization without any official declaration of war or even without justifiable cause, merely for either reasons of greed (take resources), fear (get them before they get us first), or ideology (holy war). It's called sucker punching a country, is against international law (I think), and it doesn't matter if you don't like the culture involved when it comes to international law... there is no "but they're jerks!" clause. Emotions should not rule foreign policy or the military

KBK
May 27, 2012
Preemptive in the sense of when armies of psychopaths who throw acid on women and little children and assassinate adulterous women in public arenas go and host international terrorist headquarters who blow up massive office buildings and we need to presumptively go in and do something about it? That kind of preemptive war?

Given the importance of situational awareness, your dismissal of this product as a toy that won't effect anything would be more persuasive if you had given some sort of argument to support this assertion.


Pseudo intellectualism disguised as haughty indignance, as a cover for promulgating free reign in preemptive aggression for hidden agendas, via exciting and convincing the less aware and less intelligent and using those poor folks...as a weapon against others, for the purpose of low empathy based self interest..does not cut it anymore, my friend.

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