IDF Super Gun 311.
(photo credit: IAI)
Imagine a battlefield where every soldier can automatically detect the source of
gunshots fired in his direction and immediately turn his weapon and engage the
Israel Aerospace Industries has developed such a system called the
“Soldier Alert and Response System,” which employs infrared and electro-optical
technology and detects the location of enemy gunfire within a wide area,
enabling a fast and effective response.
According to IAI sources, the
system, which is in advanced development stages, would provide the IDF with a
superior capability particularly in urban warfare and in places like the Gaza
Strip and Hezbollah-controlled villages in southern Lebanon.
IAI, the detection unit installed on the helmet detects the muzzle flash of
gunfire within .01 seconds and then takes a snapshot of the gunshot sources and
its surroundings within .20 seconds.
The unit installed on the rifle –
called the “Weapon Unit” – displays the picture as well as arrows that guide the
soldiers to point the weapon toward the source of gunfire to engage the
“It enables soldiers to detect gunfire and immediately aim their
own weapons and engage the enemy and neutralize him,” an IAI source
The system, which is also under evaluation by the IDF Ground Forces
Command, comes with three different components: one installed on the soldier’s
rifle, another on the soldier’s helmet and another in his vest.
entire system weighs just over two kilograms and can work on batteries for up to