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U.S. Military Fields New Mine Roller Technology To Defeat IEDs

first_img The U.S. military is fielding new mine roller technology expected to provide even more protection from improvised explosive devices. The new roller, called the Self-Protection Adaptive Roller Kit System II (SPARKS II), is a part of an integrated family of equipment that allows service members to adapt to changing IED threats. The job of the SPARKS II is to attach to the front of vehicles and detonate roadside bombs before they have a chance to harm service members riding in the cab. This is the same job as other mine rollers, but SPARKS II gives service members more options to protect themselves. The driver has the ability to make on-the-spot changes from inside the vehicle to how the new roller operates, rather than getting out and making manual adjustments to the roller. They can manipulate a variety of settings and change how SPARKS II interacts with the environment within moments. One of the most useful features of the new system is the ability to change distance from the vehicle to the roller, which can also be done without having to leave the vehicle, said Tilford Briscoe, site manager for the company in charge of fielding SPARKS II. “It keeps the enemy guessing,” said Briscoe. “With this, the moment we see something suspicious, we can change how we operate. I would trust my daughter riding in this thing.” Another useful feature is the ability to detach SPARKS II from the vehicle at anytime from inside the cab. This allows service members to continue on with their mission or get to safety if the roller gets damaged and becomes a hindrance. The ability to remain protected while under attack is sure to save lives, said Spc. Steven L. Hanni, combat engineer and driver for 469th Engineer Company, 863rd Engineer Battalion. Hanni’s unit, which is deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, from Dodgeville, Wis., is one of the first to field SPARKS II. Even though they have not experienced an attack with the roller, Hanni praised the new features. “If something was to happen and we didn’t have to leave the vehicle and step into a fire fight, that would be the most amazing thing ever” said Hanni. “It’s incredible.” By Dialogo January 06, 2011last_img read more

World’s fiercest football rivalry to take place in South America’s biggest final

first_imgBitter adversaries Boca Juniors and River Plate are set to play each other over two legs in the final of South America’s biggest club football competition, the Copa Libertadores.The Libertadores is the continent’s equivalent to the Champions League, as teams from across South America compete with one another to claim the greatest club trophy available. 2 Expect the most sensational fan displays in world football prior to kick-off Riot shields are often used to protect rival players on their visits to Boca and River This year, for the first time, Boca and River have both made it all the way to the final and so are set to bring their unique level of hatred to the ultimate stage.Buenos Aires’ two giant clubs boast a ferocious rivalry named the ‘Superclasico,’ which dates back more than a century and is unlike anything else in football.More then 70 per cent of Argentinian football fans support either Boca or River, meaning that the majority of the country will stop dead in its tracks for the matches on November 10 and November 24. When they last met in the Copa Libertadores – in a 2015 last 16 tie – Boca ended up disqualified as their fans broke into the tunnel and pepper sprayed the River players, putting four of them in hospital.Violence between the two sides is so great that away fans are not allowed to attend matches, as has become common practice in Argentinian football, and this will not change for the Libertadores final.With the situation intensified by the enormity of these two matches, explosive scenes are to be expected yet again.It has already been dubbed ‘The Final of the Century’ by Spanish-speaking media, and the result of the tie will undoubtedly be boasted about by the winning supporters for the next 100 years, if not longer. 2last_img read more