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    Article below talks about the Coyote. Probably the foremost ground recon platform
    in the world. Even the Yanks salivate when they see what these things can do.
    Reinforcing what has always been the true strength of the Canadian Army: patrolling
    and reconnaissance.

    September 16, 2003: The Canadian Coyote electronic
    reconnaissance vehicle has gone to Afghanistan and has
    proved enormously useful by doing long range surveillance
    of Taliban and al Qaeda suspects. The Coyote is an 8x8 LAV
    (wheeled armored vehicle) mounting a 25mm Bushmaster
    cannon and a nine meter (30 foot) telescoping mast that
    contains a Doppler radar, laser rangefinder, thermal imaging
    sensor and video camera. The mast mounted sensors can
    see clearly out to 15 kilometers and identify targets (day or
    night) for artillery or air attack. The radar can spot targets
    out to 24 kilometers, but can only distinguish vehicle types
    (wheeled, tracked) beginning at about 12 kilometers. The
    main enemy in Afghanistan is al Qaeda and Taliban fighters
    who obtain shelter from local warlords, tribal leaders or
    gang leaders. Any of these big shots will be hanging out in a
    walled compound, usually out in an isolated area (so no one
    can easily sneak up on the place). The Coyote sets up on a
    distant hill and uses it's long range sensors to track who,
    and what, enters and leaves the compound for days, or
    weeks. This usually provides confirmation of which bad guys
    are in there, or, at times, when they are driving out to do
    some mischief. If the former, troops raid the place and
    arrest the suspects. If the latter, airpower is called in and
    people on the ground give the gunmen a chance to
    surrender, or die. The Coyote was originally conceived as an
    inexpensive replacement for air reconnaissance. But the
    ability of a Coyote vehicle to stay in one place and carefully
    track movements over a wide area for days, or weeks,
    have proven very useful for intelligence work.
    Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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    The Coyote is similar to the LAV-25 used by the USMC. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, it was built by a joint contract between the US and Canada.

    I recall some of the debate about the Stryker vs. the LAV. Some argued the LAV was cheaper, more air mobile, and better than Stryker. But the Army wanted something "new" so........

    I do like the electronic's suite on the Coyote. I question reconnaissance using radar though. It is an emitter. However, the Taliban is not equipped with any counter-measures, so this point is not so important. (Of Course, the USAF does. The AGM-88C fired by a pilot jacked up on "Go pills" might be a greater threat to the Coyote than the Taliban. Sad.)
    Last edited by Deltapooh; 16 Sep 03, 12:04.
    "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."-Christopher Dawson - The Judgement of Nations, 1942

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    • #3
      For those like myself who have no idea what they are talking about ...

      The Coyote



      The LAV-25

      Get the US out of NATO, now!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Deltapooh

        I do like the electronic's suite on the Coyote. I question reconnaissance using radar though. It is an emitter. However, the Taliban is not equipped with any counter-measures, so this point is not so important.
        They don't necessarily have to use the radar though. They can simply use the thermal sensor suite. This can distinguish forms at a range of approx. 10-15 kms.

        The Coyote really showed it's value in Kandahar last year when the Canucks were tasked
        for base defence. That's when the Yanks fell in love with it.
        Last edited by tigersqn; 16 Sep 03, 12:17.
        Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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