New Radars Cut Gaza Infiltrations by 70-80% (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 03/19/12)
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New radars in use on the border with Gaza have helped the IDF cut the
rate of infiltrations by 70-80%, the IDF Website says.
The new radars, “Baron” and “Baroness”, employ a revolutionary new
scanning technology. The IDF Website reports that they are equipped
with a wide-view scanner, which makes it unnecessary for them to
rotate like traditional radars, thus eliminating blind spots. The new
radar can scan a section of the border and track multiple targets
simultaneously, without leaving any area vulnerable.
The radar is also sensitive to objects moving at low speeds. It is
even able to pick up lizards and trees waving in the breeze -- and is
presumably able to differentiate between such unthreatening movement
and terrorist movement.
The radar, made by Elta Systems, is based on technology that allows
it to both detect and track targets while continuously monitoring the
area at the same time – offering an unprecedented level of control.
The “Baron” and “Baroness” radars are being currently deployed around
Gaza. Differences between the two models include range and angle of
detection. Their primary use will be to detect hazards approaching
the border fence, locating targets that are moving on foot and in
vehicles and continuing to track their progress.
An additional advantage to the new systems is their exceptionally
high resolution. These improvements allow for an accurate assessment
of terrorists approaching the border.
Officers from the Southern Command have stated that since the new
systems´ integration along the border it has been dramatically
proving its usefulness. The officers said that since the deployment
of the radars, both attempted and successful border penetrations have
dropped 70-80%. In addition, the radar provides excellent coverage of
operational areas, assisting troops in the field.
Two other new IDF systems are specifically intended to foil the anti-
tank missile threat from Gaza. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/19/12)
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