High-tech ‘watch’ to sound out snipers

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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.”

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