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Old 10-08-2008, 02:39 AM
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Default Defensive weapons

Most people think of weapons as being "offensive".

What sort of weapons or equipment could be considered defensive?

I guess some examples i can think of are flash/bang grenades used to disorientate the enemy to buy yourself time.

Caltrops, used to slow or stop an enemy on foot or to burst car tyres.

Can anyone think or list of any others?
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I'll pay mines, body armour and radar.

how about smoke grenades, or vehiclar smoke.
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that was my first thought aswell : Claymore mines
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Barbed wire.

And nets, as a form of non-lethal traps.
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If you are including barb wire there are a bunch of passive sensors you should include as well.

the REMBASS system is interesting

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/rembass.htm

button bomblets (noise makers) and trip flares might also make sense.
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Tank traps, anti tank ditches, sharpened stakes, caltrops. All low tech and very 'do-able' by people with hand tools but potentially very effective.
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I would say air defense systems. Some can be used in an offensive role but their main purpose remain to defend an area.

Elsewhere, I might be burnt for that but mines (at least regular ground mines) are defensive as well. I can't think of someone throwing a mine at a tank . The one dropped by planes today are, however, truly offensive especially when they are launched on civilians.

Then, every type of gear that is not truly a weapon : helmets, bodyarmors, and most electronic systems. Radars were first used in a strictly defensive role and Asdic was designed for naval defense.

Interceptor planes is another type. Fighter planes are often used in an attack role but interceptors were made strictly to stop incoming ennemy aircrafts. They are becoming increasingly rare, however.

Tear gas but you might have said it.

Any weapon of course, depending on what end of it you are but that is the obvious .
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