Images of U.S. soldiers in the Syrian desert training with an advanced electronic aiming system on their rifles have offered the first indication that the Israeli-made device was being field tested by the U.S. military.
The photos — posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service — showed special operators at the al-Tanf base in southern Syria using the Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 sighting system mounted on their M4A1 carbines. They were shown firing on range targets and also at a box in the air suspended below a small drone.
The small arms fire control system allows the shooter to select a target and lock on while pressing the trigger, according to the Israeli manufacturer Smart Shooter.
But the electro-optical system — which includes image recognition software — blocks the action until the firing solution can guarantee a hit, when it automatically activates the trigger. It can be used in daylight and at night.
Smart Shooter, which has paired with German firearms maker Sig Sauer to offer its system to the U.S. and other militaries, said that the system allows any firearm — including machine guns and assault rifles — to be used to destroy flying drones.
Remote-controlled aircraft equipped with cameras and in some cases grenades have become a threat to U.S. troops and bases in recent years. Military personnel in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere have trained on various systems designed to disable or down the small drones.
The SMASH system, which is already in use in the Israeli armed forces, has been tested previously stateside by the U.S. military. But this appeared to be the first time U.S. soldiers overseas were pictured using it.
Photos: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. William Howard
UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2020/06/09/us-army-tests-smart-shooter-to-down-drones-in-syria/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.