Brit forces get ‘game-changing’ technology to fight Taliban in Afghanistan

February 26th, 2011 - 6:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, Feb 26(ANI): British forces in Afghanistan can now track Taliban fighters with revolutionary facial recognition technology harnessed to images beamed to the ground by giant spy-in-the-sky barrage balloons floating at 2,000ft.

Packed with cameras and sophisticated devices, the barrage balloons send live footage of the enemy to patrol bases 24 hours a day.

Facial recognition-style technology on the ground then matches their distinct features to a database of known Taliban members, the Sun reports.

One intelligence officer described the unmanned airships - known as aerostats - as “a major game-changer” in their operations in the country.

Another hi-tech weapon being introduced is the Raptor pod fitted to RAF Tornado fighter jets.

Raptors can detect even minute changes to the undergrowth, earth and rocks disturbed by insurgents as they lay roadside bombs. (ANI)

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