QINETIQ’s Soldier Wearable Acoustic Targeting System

Designed for both mounted and dismounted infantry, QinetiQ’s miniature, low-profile…

Designed for both mounted and dismounted infantry, QinetiQ’s miniature, low-profile acoustic Ears family of wearable, sniper detection and gunshot localization solutions is based on a miniature single integrated acoustic sensor.

The palm-sized, 6.4-ounce sensor can be coupled with an individual operators’ interface or used in vehicles and at fixed locations. It responds with the direction and distance in less than a tenth of a second from the first gunshot being fired, without being confused by surrounding sounds, to accurately locate snipers in a 360o view, even when in use on a vehicle moving at speeds over 50mph.

The Ears solution was develop by a QinetiQ North America subsidiary and is known to the US Army as the Soldier Wearable Acoustic Targeting System (SWATS). Ears has already been selected by the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to integrate the warfighter-wearable member of the Ears sniper detection family into Future Force Warrior (FFW). FFW is the Army’s flagship Science and Technology initiative to develop and demonstrate revolutionary capabilities for Future Force Soldier systems. The entire Ears product family makes use of this unique sensor, which is currently combat-deployed with the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For more information on this and other QinetiQ North America products, visit www.qinetiq-na.com

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