The Dutch army buys the counter-drone system from Smart Shooter

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JERUSALEM — The Dutch military has ordered an Israeli system to counter drones, the company announced this week.

“The Dutch military tested the system over the past year and decided to buy it and use the systems immediately, mainly for C-UAS. [counter-unmanned aircraft system] for purposes,” Smart Shooter said in a statement.

The Netherlands will acquire the Smash AD system, building on previous Smart Shooter orders. Sharone Aloni, the company’s vice president of research and development, said the system is part of the larger family of Smart Shooter solutions, with some additional enhancements to counter drone capabilities.

“We all know that the drone threat is becoming more and more acute, and we are looking to meet it with all sorts of different needs. All of our systems support counter-UAS capabilities. This variant has some additions,” he said, including in the area of ​​optics, extended range and the incorporation of a laser rangefinder.

Smart Shooter did not provide contract value and the Dutch government did not respond to an inquiry by Defense News before press time. Michal Mor, founder and CEO of Smart Shooter, hopes the contract will lead to further deals in NATO and European countries. The company has a local office in Germany and a subsidiary in the United States.

Israeli defense companies often don’t discuss customer specifics, and Smart Shooter said it does business in 15 countries, so it can’t go into detail. “Clients define specific needs in specific verticals and they choose that for specific needs. Some take the Smash Hopper for the frontiers; some will mistake it for radar or vehicles,” Mor said, referring to the company’s lightweight remote-controlled weapons station.

Mor added that the market for Smash technology on rifles is about transforming optics and fire control, much like navigation apps have changed the way smartphones are used.

“This is our vision of what modern armies will have in digital fire control systems. I hope we can bring infantry into a new world: smart, precise and connected soldiers,” he said. she said, though the company didn’t specify which ground force units might use its technologies.

The current range of the system is approximately 250 meters, which is the effective range of handheld assault rifles. Aloni envisions the system increasing situational awareness and connectivity, with the ability to connect to combat management systems as well as C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) systems to provide data to higher level decision makers.

The system was tested and evaluated in the Netherlands, Aloni said, and the Dutch tested the system in extremely cold conditions in Austria.

Smart Shooter’s Dutch representative, Technische Bureau HA Muller, will take care of logistics and direct support.

Seth Frantzman is the Israeli correspondent for Defense News. He has covered conflicts in the Middle East since 2010. He has experience covering the international coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and he is co-founder and executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. .

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