SmartShooter SMASH weapon sight is hoped to increase the ability of the British Army’s counter-drone operations.
The British Army’s close combat soldiers are poised to gain a strategic edge in countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the deployment of the revolutionary SmartShooter SMASH Smart Weapon Sight Fire Control System.
Engineered to increase the hit probability against micro and mini UAVs, the system boasts the ability to track and lock onto targets, maintaining this lock even with target or user motion. The SmartShooter SMASH system will first be incorporated with the SA80 A3 assault rifle and can also be integrated with other in-service individual weapons.
The initial delivery includes 225 SMASH sights, fulfilling a £4.6 million MOD contract. This first wave of sight units will be dispatched to Very High Readiness units throughout the British Army by the year’s end. Subsequent deliveries will extend the advanced capability to close combat operators across the Army, Navy, and RAF. The agreement with Viking Arms Ltd, based in Yorkshire, enables this phased rollout over the coming years, centred on operational and readiness requirements.
Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, emphasised the necessity of this modern capability in the battlefield landscape. “The importance of uncrewed aerial vehicles on the modern battlefield is undeniable. Alongside procuring, developing and deploying this technology in a range of different ways, we must also be proactive in ensuring our Armed Forces can protect against their use by adversaries,” said Cartlidge.