4/01/2003

My equipment

My team is being paid close to $4 million for the mission we are to perform. I have been careful not to be specific of the mission, and I will only talk about those aspects of the mission when I am out of the region, and all my men are out of danger.

With that budget, we were able to stock ourselves up with the latest high tech equipment. Here is a description of some of them.

1. A laptop. This is a small laptop with a foldback satellite dish for internet access on the back. It is preconfigured to use up to 3 different satellites, and we have got access to russian military channels. The laptop is so sturdy that it can set on fire and come out unscratched. The keyboard is foldeable and made of cloth. It has got a tiny printer inside, but no internal drives. Cost: $11 000

2. A watch computer: This is a largish watch with a big LCD screen, somewhat like that of a mobile phone. It uses an operating system based on symbian OS, and apart from the normal calender and time functionality, it also sports a plug on the top where you can attach a small light that creates a virtual keyboard on any surface. It pulses to measure where your fingers strike. Without this attachment, it is merely a watch. Once the pulse keyboard is attached, the screen changes to a one line word processor. It has got 128 MB of memory. The most valuable feature however is the signal capability. It pulses signals across many frequencies at high speed, so even if there were a radio detector nearby, it could not detect that the watch was sending a signal. The downside is that there has to be a retransmitter within 5 kilometers of the watch. I usually have mine in my backpack, but it can easily be detected because of the signal strength it gives of, and because it does not go across multiple frequencies, so I cannot infiltrate with the booster. The watch can passively receive radio signals, and indicates to me that it has received a signal by vibrating a small panel at the bottom. When I receive a critical signal (which I have not, up to now), and I do not touch the watch within 30 seconds, it sends a small electric shock. If I still do not respond to it, it switches itself off within 15 minutes, and cannot be reactivated again without a dongle. Cost: $37 000.

3. A heat masking trenchcoat: This was designed by an Israeli firm for the Israeli paramilitary, and was copied in China. The coat masks body heat by measuring ground temperature, and regulating temperature of the coat to the ground temparature. It is powered by battery strips, and needs to be recharged ever now and then. When the ground is very cold, there is an additional trenchcoat you wear before the heat masking to keep yourself from freezing. Cost: $250.

4. Night vision goggles.

5. Terrain exploring software: We run this on our laptops, and it uses satellite signals to tell us exactly how the terrain in front of us looks like. We can cut through mountains and ridges. When access is not blocked, it can use current satellite pictures to actually show us 3 dimensional pictures of enemies hiding behind obstructions. Cost: $90 000

6. RPGs: These are specially constructed rocket propelled grenades that are only slighly large than bullets. They are placed in special guns, and demolish anything they hit. Very useful indeed.

7. Radar detectors and radar devices

8. Personel detection flares: These are small rockets that scan the enviroment for movement using cameras, and send back information to the software on the laptops using frequency hoping radio signals. They work up to 5 kilometers

9. Terrain mapping flares: These are like the personal detection flares, but they use radio echo as well as light to map the terrain up to 5 kilometers ahead. However, one has to shoot multiple to properly scan the enviroment.

10. Shut down 'grenades': When we are compromised these shut down grenades are activated, and all our equipment immediately stops functioning till they are reactivated with dongles.

11. Light ray guns: These shine a bright light ray into the eyes of enemies, blinding them for a while

There are others, but those are the major stuff we have.

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