Dutch Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH to Shoot Down Drones
Dutch Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH to Shoot Down Drones

Dutch Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH to Shoot Down Drones

The Dutch Army (Koninklijke Landmacht) RAS (Robotic Automated Systems) platoon recently completed a two-day live-fire counter-drone trial using Smart Shooter’s SMASH Fire Control System in the Austrian High Mountains. 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. Testing the intercept capability fits within the roadmap of the Nucleus C-UAS of the Dutch Armed Forces (Nederlandse Krijgsmacht) . It made no difference whether the drones were stationary in the air or moving.

Last year, soldiers from all branches of the Dutch Armed Forces, including the Air Force, Special Forces, and Marines, attended the trial, which was done in close co-operation with Smart Shooter Dutch Partner, TBM bv. The test was successful, and the system proved to be very effective as all targets were shot down and eliminated, according to a company news release. The trial took place at the site of the knowledge center for weapons and ammunition in ‘t Harde. Most of the soldiers were introduced to the system for the first time the morning of the trial, and used it on a Colt 5,56 assault rifle to shoot down different kinds of drones from up to 150 meters.

Dutch Army Tests Smart Shooter SMASH to Shoot Down Drones

Designed to help military and law enforcement professionals swiftly and accurately neutralize their targets, the company’s combat-proven SMASH Family of Fire Control Systems increase assault rifle lethality while keeping friendly forces safe and reducing collateral damage. SMASH creates a micro-tactical network that dramatically enhances real-time situational awareness and ensures that the entire platoon shares a common operational picture. The company’s experienced team of engineers combine electro-optics, computer vision technologies, real-time embedded software, ergonomics, and system engineering to provide cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for modern conflicts.

Fielded and operational, Smart Shooter SMASH family of solutions provides end-users with a unique “One Shot – One Hit” capability, SMASH allows the operator to quickly and effectively neutralize any ground or airborne target, manned or unmanned. It is a cost-effective solution that can be integrated onto any type of assault rifle and combined with other C-UAS systems, to provide an effective multi-layer defense solution suitable for the modern battlefield. SMART SHOOTER’s headquarters are based in Yagur, Israel, and its American subsidiary, Smart shooter Inc., is located in Maryland. Smart Shooter also has an office in Düsseldorf, Germany.