Individual Gunshot Detector tells soldiers direction of incoming fire

first_imgSoldiers in Afghanistan are about to get a new gadget that could help save lives and identify the enemy much more quickly.It doesn’t matter how much armor or intel you provide a soldier with, he or she is always going to be susceptible to gun fire from a hidden enemy. This is especially true in locations like Afghanistan where there is a lot of uneven terrain and its easy for someone to take up a hidden position.Such a situation can lead to an individual or group of soldiers being pinned down as they try to locate where the enemy is firing from. Figuring that out can give the enemy a chance to claim more lives, or the time to inform others where the soldiers are and putting them in even more danger.That won’t be the case for much longer as QinetiQ has developed a system called the Individual Gunshot Detector (IGD) that the U.S. Army has decided to give soldiers in Afghanistan. The IGD uses four acoustic sensors attached to a soldiers body and hooked up to a display. If a shot is fired the IGD uses the sound waves to determine the direction it came from and the distance travelled. This gives the soldier almost instant (less than one second) feedback about where the enemy is.At under two pounds the system is not heavy to carry and 13,000 of them are being sent out to soldiers in Afghanistan. You only need one per group of soldiers meaning these few thousand can protect many of the troops on the ground.While the IGD allows soldiers to know where incoming fire originated from, it does not aid in disabling the enemy that fired it. But the Army has thought of this and intends to network the device so information is shared with all soldiers. Therefore, if group A is pinned down, Group B can come to their aid armed with the knowledge of where Group A and the enemy are positioned.Alternatively, if the soldier pinned down happens to be carrying the new XM25 rifle with remote-controlled bullet detonation, he may be able to take care of the enemy without any further aid.Read more at Army.Mil, via Gizmaglast_img