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US Army puts SMASH 2000 to the test

15th October 2020 - 11:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US Army will collect the data from recent tests before determining its next steps

The US Army has subjected the SMASH 2000 fire control-enabled rifle sight to undergo intensive live fire testing, Israeli manufacturer Smart Shooter announced on 15 October.

These tests, conducted at the Aberdeen Proving Ground from 14-24 September, were funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense under the Foreign Comparative Test Program, which determines whether mature international technologies can plug gaps in US military capabilities.  

US Army Product Manager Individual Weapons (PM IW) supervised the live fire testing and evaluation. Thousands of rounds were fired by soldiers at an outdoor range, to record data that compared the target-hitting capability of the SMASH 2000 against standard US Army-issued optical sights.

Targets ranged from 25-400m a variety of fixed, pop-up, and moving target scenarios.

Bob Phung, project officer for PMIW, said:  ‘The SMASH 2000 is one of those promising systems that could significantly improve the soldier’s lethality, especially under duress. We will have to collect the data and determine next steps.’

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