US defence department approves C-UAS SMART SHOOTER design for prototype production

The US Department of Defense’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) has approved the SMART SHOOTER individual tactical weapon, paving the way for prototype production with delivery of the first functional system at the end of 2021.

The IWTSD selected SMART SHOOTER in February 2020 as a solution for its Individual Weapon Overmatch Optic (IWOO) project. SMART SHOOTER successfully completed the Critical Design Review in November 2020.

The IWOO program was initiated by IWTSD to provide tactical operators overmatch capability against long range static and moving targets, both day and night. SMART SHOOTER won the competition and began development using proven technologies from its SMASH line of Fire Control optics and inserting new capabilities such as a variable x1- x8 zoom – all stitched together with combat-proven fire control algorithms to assure the hit, according to a report by the manufacturer SMART SHOOTER published by Soldier Systems.

The IWOO system automatically detects, highlights, and tracks potential targets – including drones – using a see-through display which enhances the user situational awareness. Built-in fire control processing continuously calculates the optimal firing solution to provide the user with clear, discreet guidance, firing only with the best chance of neutralizing the target, delivering first-round hit capabilities time after time.

“We value this important opportunity to partner with IWTSD to develop the IWOO system, and are honored to provide operators with an unmatched optic capability against modern threats and the types of terrorist attacks that we are increasingly seeing on streets and battlefields around the world” Ms. Michal Mor, CEO of SMART SHOOTER said.

“We are very pleased with the progress SMART SHOOTER has made with the IWOO design” said Michael Trexler, Special Operation Forces Combat Support Coordinator / Program Manager, at IWTSD. “We look forward to conducting operational testing and evaluation using the dual-capabilities of IWOO prototypes in 2021 against ground targets at increased ranges and to take-down drones.”

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