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Dutch Army tests SMASH counter-UAS solution
The Armed Forces of the Netherlands has completed a live-fire counter-UAS trial using Smart Shooter's SMASH fire control system, the company announced on 27 October.
Smart Shooter said in a statement that soldiers from all branches, including the Air Force, Special Forces, and Marines, attended the trial, which was done in cooperation with the company's Dutch Partner, TBM bv.
During the trial at an armed forces facility in the town of ‘t Harde, most of the soldiers were introduced to the system for the first time the morning of the trial, and used it on a Colt 5.56 assault rifle to shoot down different kinds of UAVs from up to 150m. The system can be integrated onto any type of assault rifle
'The test was successful, and the system proved to be very effective as all targets were shot down and eliminated,' the statement said.
'SMASH is a combat-proven fire control solution for small arms that ensures each round finds its target. With a unique "One Shot – One Hit" capability, SMASH allows the operator to quickly and effectively neutralise any ground or airborne target, manned or unmanned.'
Michal Mor, Smart Shooter's CEO, said the company’s SMASH systems were already in operational use by different defence forces, ‘providing great results against ground, aerial, static or moving targets, and increasing the accuracy and lethality of small arms’.
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