New Technology Lets Military See Source Of Missile Fire Against Tanks (REPORT)

New Technology Lets Military See Source Of Missile Fire Against Tanks (REPORT)

(RightWing.org) – New technology being developed by Raytheon will let US troops rapidly locate anyone who launches missiles or rockets at their armored vehicles. The system aims to neutralize one of the most serious threats to our soldiers by making it too dangerous to launch the weapons.

A Raytheon subsidiary already makes a system, called Boomerang, that pinpoints small-arms fire by analyzing how long it takes the sound of a shot to reach an array of microphones mounted on a vehicle.

Now, the company is working on a scaled-up version to locate anti-tank weapons. The new system will combine Boomerang’s acoustic sensors with infra-red detectors to detect the rocket exhaust from a missile or RPG projectile.

It needs this extra capability because while small arms have a range of a few hundred yards, many anti-tank guided missiles can reach three miles or more. Up to now, that’s made it difficult to locate exactly where they’re coming from. Raytheon plans to change that, allowing US armored troops to start shooting back while enemy missiles are still in flight.

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