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QinetiQ North America (QNA) has been awarded a contract for supply of its shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system (SWATS) to the German military.

Under the $2m contract, the company will supply a range of its SWATS systems, including EARS/SWATS vehicle conversion kits and EARS/SWATS fixed site conversion kits to help address the military’s requirement for individual gunshot detection systems.

QNA Technology Solutions general manager, Andy Rogers, said SWATS is setting the standard for wearable gunfire detection to protect modern-day soldiers as the company expands into the European market.

”With over 17,000 units sold, and thousands of systems deployed in theater since 2007, SWATS is a proven system that saves lives,” Rogers said.

Apart from new sensor firmware, capable of enhancing sensor performance with extended detection range and improved accuracy, the contract also covers supply of software required for downloading of recorded gunshot events for after-action review and analysis.

The SWATS systems are scheduled to be supplied with German language customisation and documentation.

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"SWATS is a proven system that saves lives."

Manufactured as a human-wearable extension of QNA’s EARS acoustic sensor programme, SWATS is innovate acoustic sensors suite designed to boost personal safety through rapid detection of the origin of incoming fire in both urban and rural environments.

Weighing less than 1lb, the individual gunfire detection solution can transmit actionable information of snipers and other hidden hostile combatants by audio and / or visual reporting to help soldiers seek cover and return fire thus minimising casualties.

SWATS, which was jointly developed with the US Army’s Program Executive Office-Soldier (PEO-S), is currently operational with the US Army and marine corps in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The company did not disclose the number of units ordered and the contract’s delivery schedule.

Image: QinetiQ’s shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system can detect the origin of incoming fire in less than one second. Photo: Sgt. John K. McDowell.

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