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Old 12-13-2006, 01:26 PM
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I can see it now....the speed limit weenies and poker run police will have these on all helicopters starting next season.

"And now for something completely different. Waltham, Massachusetts-based Foster-Miller, a subsidiary of QinetiQ, has received a $1 million contract from the DoD Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate to further develop its proprietary Boat Trap system. The ballistic net, when used successfully, is deployed from a helicopter and ensnarls the propeller of threatening speedboats. This is a critical technology for both the domestic security and defense markets, and one need only recall the case of the USS Cole to understand why. Just think of the Boat Trap as a spike-strip for the water.

Previous to this latest round of funding, the Boat Trap system was supported by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Groton, Connecticut, and it was under that branch's auspices that it was proven useful. The system was extensively tested in 2005 at the Coast Guard Special Mission Training Center at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, at South Padre Island, Texas, and at CAPEX demonstrations in Honolulu, Hawaii. The system stopped 100 percent of its targets. Moscow, Vermont-based Moscow Mills Manufacturing is also involved in developing the technology."

Foster-Miller Awarded $1 Million for Boat Trap, a Nonlethal Anti-Terrorism Weapon for the Coast Guard

Foster-Miller, Inc. today announced a $1 million contract from the United States Department of Defense Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate to further develop an advanced Boat Trap system designed to bolster harbor security in the U.S. and at military bases abroad. It is a joint development project among Foster-Miller, Vermont-based Moscow Mills Manufacturing, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Boat Trap is a non-lethal, ballistic net that is deployed from a helicopter into the path of a threatening watercraft traveling at a high rate of speed. This net-based propeller entangling system ensnares the propellers of a target speedboat, causing the craft to immediately stop.

Port security and ship protection has become one of the central issues of the global war on terror. Recent assessments of U.S. port security, particularly with regard to the security of LNG tankers, cite a dangerous vulnerability to terrorists’ use of speed boats during an attack. The attack on USS COLE in Yemen demonstrated the powerful potential of destruction on ships vulnerable in port. The Boat Trap system provides an effective solution to allow responders to use non-lethal weapons to swiftly prevent a suspected attack when operating without positive identification on the aggressors.

Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) said, "U.S. ports are the first line of our homeland security and defense - this critical technology provides a new level of protection to our ports, which we know remain high on the terrorists’ target list. This innovative technology has the possibility to save lives and prevent a potential disaster at a busy port."

“The men and women of the Coast Guard have an important role in homeland protection and ensuring public safety,“ said Congressman Delahunt (D-MA). Rep. Delahunt, who is also the Chairman of the Congressional Coast Guard Caucus added, “In this post 9/11 era there is no room for error when responding to suspected terrorist threats. The Coast Guard is often the first responder in our ports and must be well equipped to employ intervention tactics that protect not only our shipping commerce but also the innocent people who work and play on our harbors.”

The Boat Trap system planned for use by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy represents a new generation of non-lethal technologies that may be adopted by the U.S. military and other agencies responsible for homeland security and drug interdiction. It provides an alternative technology to defend against a perceived threat in a crowded harbor where stray bullets pose a threat to bystanders and infrastructure.

The Boat Trap system was extensively tested in 2005 including tests conducted at the U.S. Coast Guard Special Mission Training Center (SMTC) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, South Padre Island, Texas, and at CAPEX demonstrations in Honolulu, Hawaii. The system stopped 100 percent of its targets.

According to Dr. William Ribich, president of Foster-Miller, “As a company located near a major port in a densely-populated city, we are acutely aware of the importance for protecting our waterways. We are pleased to work with the Coast Guard to develop better, safer tools to protect the public from dangerous threats.”

In a related announcement, Moscow-Mills Manufacturing of Moscow, Vermont, today announced that they will be working with Foster-Miller in the continued development, testing and manufacturing of the Boat Trap system.

About Foster-Miller, Inc.
Foster-Miller, Inc. is an engineering, manufacturing and technology development firm principally located in suburban Boston, MA on Rte. 95, “America’s Technology Highway.” It is certified to Aerospace Quality Management Standard AS9100 and has SW-CMM Level 3 software certification from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Foster-Miller was founded in 1956 by three graduates of MIT who believed there was a need for a company that could solve clients’ difficult technical problems through first-class analysis and design. In November 2004, it became an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ North America.
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Old 12-13-2006, 03:10 PM
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Neat idea, till the terrorists start running jet boats. No prop, no stop.
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if the crew of the cole had bullets in their guns it might not have happened[thanks bill clinton]
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Originally Posted by Iggy
Neat idea, till the terrorists start running jet boats. No prop, no stop.

Good one. Thanks, You might have just the gov't 1 mmmmillion dollars!!!
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Old 12-13-2006, 04:18 PM
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Disabling the terrorists boats doesn't send the same message that shooting them full of holes does. Do we want to win this war the way that wars have always been won, or should we just stop the attacks and hope they don't try again? I should have guessed a "journalist" would think like this.
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