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Toy Truck foils IED in Afghanistan


Christopher Fessenden is a remote-controlled vehicle hobbyist, so when he was deployed to Afghanistan, he took his toy truck, outfitted with a small video camera with him.

There, the truck became a valuable tool for scouting ahead of convoys and patrols, looking for improvised explosive devices.

This week the truck found one. A big one. Fessenden said in an interview that "at least 500 pounds" of explosives rigged with a tripwire in the road in front of an Army patrol went off when the truck got tangled in the tripwire.

The six men in the vehicle who would have been victims of the bomb credit the tiny toy with saving their lives.

The man whose Rochester, NY-store provided the original truck - appropriately named "maximum destruction," immediately sent a replacement. Fully outfitted, the trucks cost about $500.

The military has spent truckloads of money looking for ways to mitigate the threat of IEDs, the number one killer of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Perhaps they should invest in a few more of these. I predict in coming years, robotic versions of trucks like this will become standard issue for troops heading to the war zone.

Of course, though, if the military is buying them, you can be sure they'll be paying a lot more than $500.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:00 PM



Comments on this post

# RE: Toy Truck foils IED in Afghanistan

I wonder why we didn't see this on MSM?

Oh, that's right, it wasn't about doom/gloom or abortion.

Great reporting, interesting content.
Left by HD Veteran on Aug 07, 2011 7:31 PM

# RE: Toy Truck foils IED in Afghanistan

You've got that right about costing more than $500.00, buying up all the supplies of RC trucks would probably be a good investment. Sure better than the stock market with the economy the way it is. That store owner should get a big pat on the back!! He's doing more than Obama is for our troops. I would like to know how the public can help, if we leave it up to the government it will be ten years before they figure it out.
Left by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2011 5:25 PM

# RE: Toy Truck foils IED in Afghanistan

If such life saving devices take months or years to be deployed to save American lives, a Congressional investigation should be done or even investigations and complaints by the troops' families should be done. This is outrageous! Too many Americans have been killed by IEDs. Also, the outrageous costs should be investigated also. Something is terribly wrong here.
Left by 7obmar on Aug 11, 2011 9:08 PM