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Army Buys Wearable Sniper Detectors
tfot ^ | 2/2/09 | tfot

Posted on 02/21/2009 6:56:52 AM PST by Flavius

The Rapid Equipping Force (REF) of the United States Army has purchased wearable sniper detector systems from QinetiQ Systems for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deployment of the SWATS Soldier-Wearable Acoustic Targeting Systems will begin immediately and should be complete later in 2009. QinetiQ will also provide training and field support for these new systems.

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1 posted on 02/21/2009 6:56:53 AM PST by Flavius
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2 posted on 02/21/2009 6:57:13 AM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius

Beats a hi-viz reflective vest. ;)


3 posted on 02/21/2009 6:57:44 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Flavius

Personalized DTAB?


4 posted on 02/21/2009 7:02:07 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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yeah it works good apprentely its nice to know where the incoming are coming in


5 posted on 02/21/2009 7:08:51 AM PST by Flavius
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Seriously hot spit!

Nothing but the best for our guys (and gals).

6 posted on 02/21/2009 7:09:44 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage...)
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Looks like police may benefit


7 posted on 02/21/2009 7:12:24 AM PST by Flavius
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Sounds like nothing but a simple audio detector that can only tell where the shot came from in a 360 degree angle but not elevation. I highly doubt it can tell how far away the shot originated. Seems like a snakeoil salesman is looking for DoD dollars.


8 posted on 02/21/2009 7:19:58 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberalism is Communism, and both are a mental disorder. Grow up.)
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Maybe the snipers will just use the dectetors as a new aiming point.


9 posted on 02/21/2009 7:25:41 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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Sounds like nothing but a simple audio detector that can only tell where the shot came from in a 360 degree angle but not elevation.

If I know the angle of the enemy sniper, I can find his position.

Part of the danger of snipers is not knowing which direction the shots are coming from. If you know the direction, you can find cover and then look along the trajectory path for likely sniper positions. The next step would be to get him to take a second shot. If he does he will pinpoint his location and BANG, no more sniper.

10 posted on 02/21/2009 7:28:43 AM PST by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it.)
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I imagine it utilizes the other squads individual sensors to triangulate the location, collating it, and then creating a location solution based on multiple sensor locations. Smart. If it creates a solution with in 1/10 of a second how fast do you think a squad of guys can put lead onto a target regardless of elevation. most likely fast enough to prevent a 3rd shot by a sniper.


11 posted on 02/21/2009 7:32:33 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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A single detector will only provide azimuth, however, a networked array can provide x, y, and z with good accuracy. The tough part is sorting out false detections and accounting for echoes, etc.

Azimuth alone is very valuable information, nonetheless. Long range snipers amongst the bad guys are extremely rare, most of them operate at ranges of less than 300 meters and an azimuth will enable effective suppressive fire very quickly.

And since you are so worried about the taxpayer getting ripped off, you might want to take a look at what is going on with the Simulus Package and Mortage bailout - I don’t think that this effort will make much of a ripple in that pond, and if it saves one soldier’s life then its money well spent.


12 posted on 02/21/2009 7:33:23 AM PST by centurion316
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If it tells you direction and distance to the shooter a simple gun fire control system could have a gun or guns on the vehicle immediately shoot back. They didn’t completely design the system.

As as aside, one wonders about sound reflections and multiple shot inputs.


13 posted on 02/21/2009 7:33:31 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (Swift as the wind; Calmly majestic as a forest; Steady as the mountains.)
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I wonder how well they work in an all out firefight?


14 posted on 02/21/2009 7:33:50 AM PST by model B (attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference -- Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: CodeToad

Seems like a snakeoil salesman is looking for DoD dollars.

Look no father than congress. Follow the money and I’ll bet some politician sold it to the pentagon. (or more correctly some Chicongo hood)


15 posted on 02/21/2009 7:46:38 AM PST by chainsaw (The Democrat Party = The Party of Corruption.)
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Seems like a snakeoil salesman is looking for DoD dollars.

I agree with you.

It's going to have to be very quiet to isolate
the specific incoming round that just killed you.


16 posted on 02/21/2009 8:01:13 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: centurion316; CodeToad
"and if it saves one soldier’s life then its money well spent."

Especially if it's YOUR son.

Helmets as well as vests don't protect against every bullet. Yet this doesn't prevent their use. Every invention has flaws, the trick is to weight their effectiveness vs. limitations( and costs) and correct them ASAP.
17 posted on 02/21/2009 8:01:56 AM PST by RedMonqey (History writes the best satire and the worst tragedies.)
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To: XeniaSt; CodeToad; chainsaw
It's going to have to be very quiet to isolate the specific incoming round that just killed you.

There are civilian computer programs that can elimate background noise and isolate the shooter's weapon profile.

I'm sure they are using an variant.
18 posted on 02/21/2009 8:08:00 AM PST by RedMonqey (History writes the best satire and the worst tragedies.)
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I can’t imagine how it would know distance either. To know that, it would have to have some reference point. Perhaps it detects echoes and triangulates the position.


19 posted on 02/21/2009 8:18:11 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margret Thatcher)
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To: Blackhawk

“Sounds like nothing but a simple audio detector that can only tell where the shot came from in a 360 degree angle but not elevation.”

**If I know the angle of the enemy sniper, I can find his position.**

The bullet travels faster than the sound of the shot. You never hear the shot that kills you.


20 posted on 02/21/2009 8:19:14 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (14. Guns only have two enemies: rust and politicians.)
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