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Posted: 3/12/2005 11:21:29 AM EDT
Those guys at DARPA are cool.


Concept
The Self-Healing Minefield system is designed to achieve an increased resistance to dismounted and mounted breaching by adding a novel dimension to the minefield. Instead of a static complex obstacle, the Self-Healing Minefield is an intelligent, dynamic obstacle that responds to an enemy breaching attempt by physically reorganizing. The Self-Healing Minefield consists of surface scattered antitank mines that can detect an enemy attack of the minefield and respond autonomously, by having a fraction of the mines move to heal the breach. Since the minefield is no longer a static obstacle, an open breach cannot be maintained. The Self-Healing Minefield forces the enemy to attack the minefield and deplete the antitank mines surrounding the breaching lane by either repeated assaults or a wide area breach/clearance. In either case the enemy has increased their exposure to covering fires when compared to the current mixed system minefield. An ongoing modeling effort indicates that a self-healing minefield will provide greatly increased military effectiveness of the obstacle.



www.darpa.mil/ato/programs/SHM/proginfo.html
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 11:36:26 AM EDT
First they kill you, then they go after your family...
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 11:36:46 AM EDT
That is some cool shit.....
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 11:38:57 AM EDT
next stop


Link Posted: 3/12/2005 11:59:45 AM EDT
If they could have mines relocate themselves to seal a breach
then they cound just air drop a group at night and have it delpoved by morning
with no ground work to be done. right?
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:08:37 PM EDT
Dark Star. (really smart bombs, including one who doesn't want to explode!)
Would be nice to have a recall feature and disarm, but would be too easy to hack I would think, or EM
pulse them.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:13:04 PM EDT
But......but.....but...I thought usage of mines was banned by treaty
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:14:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 12:15:06 PM EDT by Stryfe]

Originally Posted By roguetrader:
If they could have mines relocate themselves to seal a breach
then they cound just air drop a group at night and have it delpoved by morning
with no ground work to be done. right?


Family of scatterable mines can already do that.
You can dispense surface minefields from vehicles, aircraft, and arty.

I'd be curious how they define the minefield to the weapon. What would keep it from moving outside of it's defined area. It'd be kinda creepy to have your minefield "walk" into your defensice lines.
I'm sure they've considered this.

Originally Posted By BangStick1:
But......but.....but...I thought usage of mines was banned by treaty


Someone needs to smack those people.
Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:15:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2005 12:17:05 PM EDT by AvengeR15]

Originally posted by Da_Bunny:

First they kill you, then they go after your family...






Its the Kaiser Soze of minefields.

ETA: I thought this would be some self-destructing minefield, when I opened the thread - i.e., it 'heals' the battlefield when the war is over.

Link Posted: 3/12/2005 12:44:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AvengeR15:
ETA: I thought this would be some self-destructing minefield, when I opened the thread - i.e., it 'heals' the battlefield when the war is over.





Some are designed to do that now days.
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