The Dutch Army has recently completed a two-day live-fire counter-drone trial using Smart Shooter’s SMASH Fire Control System according to a report by sUAS News. The test took place in the Austrian High Mountains, as part of the Dutch Defense Department examination of different ways to combat small unmanned systems. Smart Shooter has previously reported a live-fire counter-drone trial by the Dutch Army in cooperation with Dutch partner TBM in October 2020.
Tested at a range of up to 200 meters in harsh weather conditions, fog, and blowing snow, the SMASH Fire Control Systems proved to be highly effective as all 67 drone targets were successfully hit with up to 3 shots each. It made no difference whether the drones were stationary in the air or moving, according to sUAS News.
The Dutch armed forces reported about the trial on its Facebook channel, saying that with the Smart Shooter SMASH Fire Control System, soldiers are able to deliver a locked shot at ground targets and drones, therefore significantly increasing hit probabilities. The RAS (Robotic Automated Systems) platoon of the 13th Light Brigade tested the SMASH in Austria at the tactical level. However, the system may also be of value in protecting sensitive strategic assets such as air force bases, ships, or in military operations abroad. Testing the intercept capability fits within the roadmap of the Nucleus C-UAS of the Dutch armed forces.
Smart Shooter’s headquarters are based in Yagur, Israel, and its American
subsidiary, Smart Shooter is located in Maryland. Smart Shooter also has an office in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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