High-tech ‘watch’ to sound out snipers
BRIT soldiers on foot patrol in Afghanistan could be equipped with a high-tech system that allows them to pinpoint Taliban snipers – by simply looking at a “watch”.
The “soldier-wearable acoustic targeting system” (Swats) links a palm-sized listening device worn on the shoulder to a watchstyle display on the wrist.
Within one second of a shot being fired, the point of origin of that shot flashes up on the soldier’s display, showing the sniper’s location, distance and elevation.
The display is like a clock face, showing the location at — for example — three o’clock. The soldier is also alerted by an audible alarm.
The detector, which weighs just 6½oz, locates the sniper by using shockwave and muzzle-blast info to identify the source of the shot. It can even locate snipers who fire a single shot before moving position.
The Army has run trials on the British made system, but American forces have already been issued Swats in Afghanistan.
U.S. Lt Col Chris Schneider said: “It will increase our ability to destroy the enemy.”