The Indian Navy has ordered an unspecified number of SMASH 2000 Plus rifle mounted systems from an Israeli firm to counter the growing drone threat.
The device, manufactured by Smart Shooter, increases a rifle’s operational shooting accuracy and significantly improves hit rates for a variety of targets, both stationary and mobile, through its fire control computer.
Indian Navy is procuring Smash-2000 rifles as anti-drone equipment to protect against attacking drones: Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh pic.twitter.com/WAON6sDkSC
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2020
“SMASH 2000 Plus provides an inimitable hard-kill solution against the growing threats of drones and delivers proven ability to hit any ground or airborne targets and eliminate the threat quickly and effectively,” Smart Shooter’s CEO Michal Mor said in a statement, reported by Indian online newspaper ThePrint.
The system will be installed mainly on AK-47 and AK-47 203 rifles, ThePrint reported citing defense sources.
The outlet further said that the country’s Army and Border Security Force are in talks with Smart Shooter to buy additional systems.
Smart Shooter’s SMASH 2000 Plus
Smart Shooter writes on its website that the SMASH 2000 Plus is packed with target acquisition and tracking algorithms. It also contains sophisticated image processing software, which increases the hit probability and the user’s situational awareness. The system also has a night vision mode.
The firm further claims that the device can hit ground targets, both static and dynamic, for up to 300 meters, while small drones can be hit up to the range of 200 meters in the day vision mode.
The SMASH 2000 Plus weighs a little over one kilogram and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery for up to 72 hours or 3600 shots fired.