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Artillery: To See You, Is To Kill You
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December 15, 2008: For over a decade, Israel has been improving its artillery-spotting radar to increase the speed with which incoming shells or rockets can be spotted, identified and tracked back to where they were fired from. This began with efforts to defend the southern town of Sderot, which has been the target of Palestinian rockets, from Gaza, for nearly a decade. This effort sought to quickly calculate the trajectory of the incoming rocket (Palestinian Kassams from Gaza, or Russian and Iranian designs favored by Hizbollah in Lebanon) and determine if the rocket trajectory indicated it was going to land in an uninhabited area. If it was determined if the rocket was headed for an inhabited area, some warning (10-15 seconds), which enabled people a chance to duck into shelter. Over 90 percent of these rockets landed in uninhabited areas.

The new version of this "fast spotter" radar is meant to provide sufficient time for nearby artillery to get a shell onto the launching area within 30 seconds. The Palestinians are on to this, and often set up the launchers with a timer, that will fire the rockets after the crew is safely away. In response to that, Israel has missile armed UAVs circling over potential firing sites, looking for signs of launch activity. Ideally, these UAVs will fire a missile at Palestinians setting up rockets. But with the new radar, the UAV operators will be instantly alerted to a launch, and where it was. The UAV can then hunt for the fleeing launching crew, and put a missile on them.

The Palestinians have also tried to put their launchers in residential areas, to either discourage Israeli counter-fire, or produce dead civilians ("involuntary martyrs" is how the Islamic terrorists describe this) for propaganda purposes. The civilians know what's up here, and will flee if they see launchers being set up nearby. But since most of this activity is at night, many Palestinians simply refuse to live near potential launching sites in northern Gaza. But the Palestinian terrorists are getting longer range rockets, that enable them to launch them   from densely populated areas in central Gaza. So while the new radar helps, it is no panacea. The other side will always react to counter any new development.

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jak267       12/15/2008 6:01:12 PM
Just fire one missile of the same size randomly into a Gaza city for every missile fired into Israel. The Palestinians will be able to figure out the math.
 
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aPackOfWankers       12/15/2008 7:55:53 PM

Just fire one missile of the same size randomly into a Gaza city for every missile fired into Israel. The Palestinians will be able to figure out the math.


They are already doing the math - thats why they are firing the rockets in the first place. These people arent stupid - their actions are intended to move them towards their goals. You might not understand or agree with their goals, but they exist.
 
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neutralizer       12/16/2008 5:56:56 AM
Rockets fired from expedient launch rails (or just off the ground) on timers have been around for decades.  If you think there may be a quick response against your firing position, increase the timer length, well Duh.  What sort of moron actually thinks a 'quicker' radar is going to help hit the firing crew?  What quicker detection can do, providing it's calculating impact area, is give a bit more warning time.
 
The radar problem breaks into several parts.  First how soon can the radar pick up the trajectory, this depends on the terrain and whether the radar is continuously scanning or the radar remains inactive and starts transmitting when alerted in the right direction.  Continuous tx is only OK if the en is incapable to detecting you tx and acting on the information.  Next is the length of trajectory that the radar needs to track in order to obtain a sufficiently accurate location, reduce the need for accuracy decreases the necessary trajectory tracking duration.  Finally is th processing speed/computing power needed to calculate a solution.  A non-problem today.
 
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