U.S. Army and Marine Corps choose QinetiQ SWATS to help protect infantry from unseen shooters

RESTON, Va., 10 Jan. 2011. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have selected the Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System (SWATS) from QinetiQ North America in Reston, Va., for individual gunfire detection systems. The U.S. Army selected SWATS for its Individual Gunfire Detection System (IGDS) program with an initial order for 13,500 units, with options for as many as 30,000 units and training support. The U.S. Marine Corps also selected SWATS for its Man Wearable Gunfire Detection System (MWGDS) program with an order for more than 900 units and training support.

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RESTON, Va., 10 Jan. 2011. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have selected the Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System (SWATS) from QinetiQ North America in Reston, Va., for individual gunfire detection systems.

The U.S. Army selected SWATS for its Individual Gunfire Detection System (IGDS) program with an initial order for 13,500 units, with options for as many as 30,000 units and training support. The U.S. Marine Corps also selected SWATS for its Man Wearable Gunfire Detection System (MWGDS) program with an order for more than 900 units and training support.

U.S. military forces use SWATS today in Afghanistan and Iraq, and SWATS has also been deployed with allied forces. The system is becoming the global standard for wearable gunfire detection, QinetiQ officials claim. QinetiQ also calls the system Ears SWATS.

SWATS can detect the origin of incoming enemy fire in less than one second to minimize casualties and help defeat unseen threats, company officials say. QinetiQ North America developed SWATS in response to concerns about the high toll of small arms fire on military forces. “The ability to locate the source of incoming fire is essential for any combat mission,” says J.D. Crouch, president of the QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group in Reston, Va.

The system comes in a lightweight package that meets military standards for rugged equipment. SWATS weighs less than one pound and customizable to support diverse languages and military tactics.

For more information contact QinetiQ North America online at www.qinetiq-na.com.

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