Technical Report: Sensor
Research : Xian Saint
Published : 9th March 2002
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Many sceptics scoffed at the inclusion of the sensor as one of the equipment items available to one of the demo specialist or available to the demo and rifleman class in multiplayer. Some doubted the authenticity and realism of such a device on the modern battle field. They would be wrong. The following information was made public at the official Ghost Recon forums, by Gary Stelmack RSE.

"The sensors in the game are based on a real-world device. It uses acoustics and seismic detection methods that can determine the size, direction of travel, and location of both people and vehicles. It is based on the AN/GSQ-187 system, which has its roots all the way back to the Vietnam War with systems such as the UGSS."

A careful review of this device has been provided in the following report, which was compiled from information available on the Internet at

Real World Sensor:

Equipment ID:
AN/GSQ-187 Remote Battlefield Sensor System (REMBASS)
AN/GSQ-187 Improved Remote Battlefield Sensor System (IREMBASS)

A passive sensor that detects a change in the ambient energy level (seismic/acoustic, thermal, and/or magnetic). Once activated, the sensor sends a short digital messages to a monitoring device that displays the target classification and direction of travel. Its detection capabilities include the ability to discern from personnel, wheeled vehicles or tracked vehicles. The whole system is comprised of six major components ranging from infrared sensors, magnetic sensors, seismic/acoustic sensors, radio repeaters to increase range, monitor/programmers to code the sensors and an AMDS display unit to provide a visual display of the sensor detection picture. This technology was used in the Viet Nam war and the latest intel suggests that this system, or one similar in nature is being used extensively in Afghanistan to monitor the cave networks of the enemy forces.

· Multiple Sensors: Magnetic Seismic/acoustic Infrared Meteorological · Flexible: Field Programmable Durable · Reliable: Low false alarm rate/high nuisance rejection Tamperproof Sensor status rpts · Built in EP: Jam resistant LPI Long life · Simple to emplace

· Sensors: 11"L x 2"H x 5.7"W 3.5-4 lbs
· Monitor: 12"H x 4"W x 3"D 5 lbs
· Repeater: 11"L x 3"H x 4.4"W 6 lbs

· Detection range: Personnel - 3-50m
Wheeled - 15-250m Tracked - 25-350m

Ghost Recon Sensor

Description: (as listed in manual)
Sensors function like an extra solder in terms of detection. When a hostile or a vehicle passes within detection range (unlisted) of a sensor, they appear on the command map. Sensors are placed on the field in the same way that demolition charges are.


  • Normal loadout is 4 sensors.
  • Sensors appear as a relatively small, dark in colour box. They can be destroyed by weapons, including grenades.
  • Sensors have a range of approximately 40 meters. This was determined by placing a sensor when the red centre illuminated (which it does at approx. 40 meters) and then leaving the area. The sensor still detected the enemy at that range. This may vary depending on location and elevation, however the sensor will still be able to detect regardless of these factors (just the range may be effected).
  • The whole team benefits from an "emplaced" sensor and will be able to view it on the command map, regardless of position. See illustration.
  • respawn = sensors planted by individual respawning disappear.
  • no respawn, player dies = sensors planted by individual remain intact and usable by the team...


This handy little device based on real world technology can give battle field commanders and their teams a graphical display of the enemies position. If used effectively, this device has the potential of significant value and shouldn't be overlooked.

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