US Marine Corps to test Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 counter drone technology

The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, through its Rapid Capabilities Office (MCRCO), has purchased several SMASH 2000 systems from the Israeli manufacturer Smart Shooter for test and evaluation, according to a report by Defence-blog. The systems are due delivery this Fall.

The company has also signed cooperative research and development agreement with U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). Under this agreement, the U.S. Navy will evaluate the use of SMASH technology on ships and vessels for Counter-UAS purposes, says the report.

This collaboration aims to perform joint integration and evaluation of Smart Shooter’s technology with weapons and ammunition currently supporting the US Navy’s mission.

With an increased hit probability for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and increased engagement range, Smart Shooter’s SMASH technology has demonstrated the potential to increase the Navy’s ability to engage sUAS at the individual level – using existing weapons and ammunition in inventory.

(Image: An unidentified tester takes aim with Smart Shooter’s SMASH 2000 optic, which allows troops to lock onto targets and will tell them when their chances of hitting their mark are at their highest. Fred Warmer via Smart Shooter).

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