U.S. Marine Corps To Start Evaluating Smart Shooter's SMASH 2000
07 Oct 2021
The Israeli company, Smart Shooter, announced at the AUSA 2021 that the U.S. Marine Corps has purchased units of their SMASH 2000 Fire Control System for evaluation and testing purposes. One part of that is to use the system for drone defense.
Expected to be delivered this Fall, the SMASH 2000 looks like a very large Holosight that it is made up of the smart sighting module unit and the modified grip mounted on rail systems. The shooter switches on the system and ready to go engage targets smartly.
After the shooter pulls trigger, marking the target the system does the rest calculating fast in how to make a high probability of a hit. With this system, even beginner shooters can have a high chance of hitting the target. This means a soldier armed with a SMASH 2000-equipped weapon can probably the most dangerous soldier in the field as he or she can be deadly accurate.
With the plans on testing the units for drone defense, the US Marines may be getting the SMASH 2000 Plus as it has a Counter UAS Mode that provides for the kinetic elimination of small, low-flying drones. Also, the company announced that they have made a CRADA or Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane).
Press release from Smart Shooter gives some details of the contract as well as the CRADA:
AUSA 2021: SMART SHOOTER to Present its SMASH Fire Control Systems, and Announce a New Contract with the US Marine Corps
The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory has recently purchased the SMASH 2000 Fire Control System for counter UAS purposes
[October 2021]: SMART SHOOTER, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms, will present its SMASH family of solutions at the AUSA Exhibition in Washington DC, USA. Towards the exhibition, the company announces that the United States Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, through its Rapid Capabilities Office (MCRCO), has recently purchased several SMASH 2000 systems for Test & Evaluation. The systems will be delivered this Fall.
The company has also signed a cooperative research & development agreement with US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). Under this agreement, the US Navy will evaluate the use of SMASH technology on ships and vessels for Counter-UAS purposes. This collaboration aims to perform joint integration and evaluation of Smart Shooter’s technology with weapons and ammunition currently supporting the US Navy’s mission. With an increased hit probability for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and increased engagement range, Smart Shooter’s SMASH technology has demonstrated the potential to increase the Navy’s ability to engage sUAS at the individual level – using existing weapons and ammunition in inventory.
Michal Mor, SMART SHOOTER CEO: We are honored to announce that the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and NSWC Crane have chosen our technology to better protect against the ever-growing drone threat at land and sea. Featuring built-in targeting algorithms that can track and hit even very small drones, SMASH fire control systems put a precision anti-drone capability at the fingertips of its users, and we are happy to present our innovative solutions at the AUSA exhibition.”
SMASH Fire Control System (FCS) is an external add-on solution that can be integrated into any type of military rifle. Once the user identifies the target (independently or using the detection system guidance) and locks on it, SMASH tracks its movements and synchronizes the shot release to assure a fast and precise hit on the target. SMASH can be operated as a stand-alone solution as well as combined with other systems to provide an effective multi-layer defense solution.
Smart Shooter will present the SMASH 2000 as well as the SMASH Hopper Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) and other members of the SMASH family of FCS at the AUSA exhibition, stand 4418.