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Computerized Rifle Optical Sighting System: SMASH 2000 to Kill Drones, for US Marine Corps

The US Marine Corps has acquired a number of Computerized optical sighting systems formerly known as SMASH 2000. The system can be integrated with a variety of guns. Reported by The Drive

These special sighting systems help shooters to spot targets at a distance and show them the most optimal aiming point to shoot down the target, even when the target is in motion.

“We are honored to announce that the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Crane have chosen our technology to better protect against the ever-growing drone threat at land and sea,” Michal Mor, Smart Shooter’s CEO, said in a statement. “Featuring built-in targeting algorithms that can track and even hit very small drones. SMASH fire control systems put a precision anti-drone capability at the fingertips of its users.” 

SMASH 2000 optical sighting system manufactured by an Israeli firm Smart Shooter. The company has secured a deal with the US Navy to see how this technology could be employed on ships. This will greatly enhance the ships defense against the small drones. 

SMASH-2000 system
SMASH-2000 system. A promotional shot showing the SMASH 2000 sighting system on a Heckler and Koch HK416-series carbine. (Image: The Drive)

Smart Shooter publicly presented the optical sighting system in March 2021, under the Individual Weapon Overmatch Optic (IWOO) program. The program was started in February 2020. According to the company, the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Director (IWTSD) had started the program. The project is now moving to the prototype production stage. 

How ‘SMASH 2000’ Works? 

According to the company, it takes only minutes to learn and master the system. 

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Just attach the SMASH system to any weapon. SMASH recognizes the target through its advanced image processing and can predict the target movements. The system will stay locked on the target even when you or the target moves. Once the target is locked, just pull the trigger and SMASH to make sure you hit the target. 

Smart Shooter Drone Targeting
Smart Shooter Drone Targeting (Image: Smart-Shooter)

“SMASH is much more than an optical scope. It is a high-tech individual Fire Control System. Its dual-core computer with sophisticated ballistic processing can recognize, track and engage aerial (Drone/UAS) and ground targets with unmatched precision,” reported by Smart Shooter company. 

SMASH 2000 Details:

SMASH 2000 is a combat-proven Fire Control System that was designed to ensure each round finds its target, in both day and night conditions, as well as keeping friendly forces safe. The company said in a report. 

“Our proprietary target acquisition and tracking algorithms are integrated with sophisticated image-processing software into a rugged hardware solution, providing an easy to use and cost-effective solution that creates the required overmatch,” the company, Smart Shooter, said in its official website. “Smart Shooter’s fire control solutions are designed to give soldiers and law enforcement officers a decisive tactical edge in almost every operational scenario, maximizing force lethality and operational effectiveness throughout every engagement.” 

Variants of SMASH 2000:

The system comes in different variants other than the base variant which is already described. 

SMASH 2000 PLUS:

SMASH 2000 PLUS is based on the older version of the optical sighting system but includes a counter UAS Mode. The Mode provides for the kinetic elimination of small, low-flying drones. 

SMASH 2000
SMASH 2000 (Image: Smart Shooter)

SMASH AD:

SMASH AD comes with an integrated Laser Range Finder (LSR). It can also display information from an external sensor, radar or detection system. Users identify and validate the target range through the LRF. 

After the target is locked, the system automatically tracks the target while the user pulls and holds the trigger until a high probable fire control (FC) solution releases the round with precision accuracy. 

SMASH HOPPER:

It is a lightweight Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) using SMASH fire control technology. It provides operators the remote capability to engage ground targets and small UAS. It is best for complex urban areas, borders, sensitive infrastructure and situations where a low signature is required due to its lightweight and compact size. 

SMASH HOPPER
SMASH HOPPER (Image: Smart Shooter)

SMASH HOPPER P:

It is an ultra-portable Remote Control Weapon Station that can be carried, assembled, and operated by a single person. The system can be operated in an extremely wide array of operational scenarios. 

SMASH HOPPER Light
SMASH HOPPER Light (Image: Smart Shooter)

Customers of the SMASH 2000:

Currently, the US military is interested in the system. Photos have emerged showing the US special operators training to use this advanced optical sighting system for their carbines, including against targets simulating small drones, at the strategic At Tanf Garrison in southern Syria. Reported by The Drive

According to the reports, the Pentagon has hired Israeli firm Smart Shooter to develop an improved “smart sight” for small arms for US special operations forces that could also find its way into the hands of conventional units. The new advanced smart sight is based on the SMASH 2000 system.

Analysis:

It is an advanced targeting system to shoot down drones. It is a modern-age weapon for urban warfare and to perform a wide variety of special operations. It will make the special ops units more lethal to accomplish their mission.

Source:

  1. The Drive
  2. Smart Shooter Official Website

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