Counter-Drone System Tested in Austrian High Mountains

By Mike Ball / 16 Feb 2021
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Smart Shooter’s SMASH Fire Control System has been tested in the Austrian High Mountains by the Dutch Army during a two-day live-fire exercise. The test was part of the Dutch Defense Department’s investigation into counter-UAS (unmanned aerial systems) solutions.

SMASH is a combat-proven fire control solution that adds precision-missile targeting algorithms and advanced electro-optical processing capabilities into standard assault rifles and allows the operator to quickly and effectively neutralize any ground or airborne target, manned or unmanned. It can be combined with other C-UAS systems to provide an effective multi-layer defense solution suitable for the modern battlefield.

The SMASH Fire Control Systems successfully hit all 67 drone targets, both stationary and moving, with up to 3 shots each. Tests took place at ranges of up to 200 meters, in harsh weather conditions including fog and blowing snow.

According to the Dutch armed forces, soldiers were 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.

Michal Mor, CEO of Smart Shooter, commented: “Smart Shooter’s SMASH Fire Control Solution is an ideal hard-kill solution against drones and UASs, ensuring high hit probabilities while requiring very minimal training. We are happy to learn about another successful trial that the Dutch army conducted, and are confident the SMASH technology will completely revolutionize the world of small arms.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact