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Occasionally I'll see a white circle filled with what looks like static on my minimap, which will eventually disappear.

It usually doesn't last long, so I haven't had the time to see what it is - what exactly causes this to show up, and should I avoid it?

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Perhaps it's one of those mobile radar jammers? – Jarrod Mosen Nov 11 '11 at 4:37
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What you're seeing is a friendly scrambler on the map.

Any enemies that travel inside the static circle will have their radar jammed.

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A friendly recon drone will also show a similar static circle around it, and it likewise jams nearby radar. – agent86 Nov 17 '11 at 16:29

We have portable items jammers, radar, and trophy in MW3 to cause a stationary static circle once deployed. The recon drone shows on the minimap with one of these circles on it, it is mobile, and it jams enemy radar in its proximity.

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