US Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 Designed to Kill Drones in Syria
US Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 Designed to Kill Drones in Syria

US Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 Designed to Kill Drones in Syria

The U.S. 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. The al-Tanf outpost, close to the borders with Iraq and Jordan, has been used by U.S. forces to train anti-Islamic State fighters.The U.S. Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve 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. They were shown firing on range targets and also at a box in the air suspended below a small drone.

US Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 Designed to Kill Drones in Syria
Soldiers take turns using a Smart Shooter sighting device to fire at a box carried by a drone during a familiarization range near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, May 30, 2020. Coalition and partner forces regularly train on various weapon systems in a joint effort to help set conditions for the enduring defeat of Daesh in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. William Howard)

The SMASH 2000 fire control system has been using innovative technologies to help militaries and other security or law enforcement agencies accurately neutralize moving targets. Smart Shooter, which has paired with 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.

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US Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH 2000 Designed to Kill Drones in Syria
Coalition Forces zero Smart Shooter sighting devices during a familiarization range near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, May 30, 2020. Coalition and partner forces regularly train on various weapon systems in a joint effort to help set conditions for the enduring defeat of Daesh in Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. William Howard)

The SMASH 2000 fire control system was developed by Smart Shooter, which has been using innovative technologies to help militaries and other security or law enforcement agencies accurately neutralize moving targets. Run by former employees of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the combination of simple hardware and advanced image-processing software can effectively turn every soldier with basic weapons into a sharpshooter, with the first round out of every rifle hitting its target. The system has been in use by the Israel Defense Forces for several months along the Gaza border, taking out drones and incendiary balloons launched from the blockaded coastal enclave.

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