Thursday, February 17, 2011

Major Breakthrough In Anti-Mine Technology?

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, hold security on a M-ATV on May 15 after the vehicle hit an IED while traveling through Marjah, Afghanistan. The only injury suffered was a mild concussion. IED attacks in Afghanistan peaked in July; more troops are surviving the blasts due to the increase in MRAPs and M-ATVs on the ground. Thomas Brown / Staff

Gadget Makes Bombs, Mines go Off 'On Average' 20m Away -- Register

olombian and Swiss boffins say they have developed a cunning electromagnetic device which can make landmines or terrorist bombs explode from a distance.

Félix Vega and Nicolas Mora, doctoral students at the école polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, developed the bomb-triggering device as part of their doctoral theses. It works by using powerful radio waves to induce currents in the heating filaments within electrically-actuated detonators, so causing them to go off without benefit of any energy from the mine or device's firing system.

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My Comment: Develop this tech faster please.

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