Against the backdrop of renewed tensions in recent months between China and India in the eastern Ladakh region, the Indian Ministry of Defence has signed a procurement contract with the Smart Shooter company from Israel in order to purchase the company’s smart shooting system for the Indian Navy. The system is mounted on small arms and zeroes in on the target using AI-based image processing to help the soldier fire accurately. The Indian Ministry of Defence has decided to purchase the upgraded system, Smash 2000 Plus, which is also designed to intercept drones. It was not stated what was the scope of the order and what are the delivery dates.
At a press conference held on December 4 on the occasion of the Indian Navy Day, the navy chief of staff Admiral Karambir Singh said that the acquisition of the Israeli sights was intended to address the possible use of attack drones by China. As part of its military deployment in the area, the Indian Navy also stationed Israel IAI’s Heron UAVs, a Boeing P-i8 naval reconnaissance aircraft and MQ-9B Sea Guardian UAVs from the American General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.
The rifle becomes smarter
The Admiral announced that the Navy intends to purchase additional submarines and even aircraft carriers. “The Indian Navy is determined to protect our national interests.” There is a long-standing border dispute between China and India at various points along the Ladakh province of the Kashmir region. In May, against the backdrop of infrastructure work being carried out by India in the Galwan River Valley, the conflict intensified and escalated into an armed conflict in which 20 Indian soldiers and 43 Chinese soldiers were killed. Since then there have been several more incidents in the area and the Indian Army has directed many forces to the area. Although Ladakh is very far from the sea, tensions between China and India may also spill over into the maritime arena.
Smart Shooter was founded by two former members of Rafael’s missile division, CEO Michal Mor and CTO Avshalom Erlich. It has developed the Smash Fire Control System to be mounted on top of every assault rifle using a rail. The system zeroes in on the target using electro-optical sensors and monitors it using AI-based image processing algorithm. An automatic tracking allows the soldier to aim effortlessly, and when the weapon is positioned at the right angle – the trigger is released automatically.
[Pictured above: India’s Coast Guard ships. Photo: Indian Navy]