Israel's Elbit Systems has unveiled a new man-portable fire-support system designed to enable targets to be passively acquired by front-line soldiers.
The Israeli company announced on 29 November that the HattoriX system is already operational with an undisclosed client and "demonstrably improves survivability and increases the effectiveness of engaging time-sensitive targets while reducing collateral damage".
The system is designed so that front-line tactical operators, such as joint terminal attack controllers and reconnaissance units, no longer have to use laser rangefinders to establish the precise location of targets to enable them to be engaged by air- or ground-launched weapons.
HattoriX does this by automatically fusing the feed from any electro-optical device with its geographical information system database, pre-loaded targeting data, and information from command-and-control (C2) systems. This enables "the tactical user to intuitively issue CAT-1 targets without using any emitters and seamlessly feed acquired targets and additional target information (image, video, description) into any battle management system," Elbit said.
It also has a remote-controlled configuration option that further reduces the risk to the operator.
Elbit noted that the proliferation of laser detection devices has made it "alarmingly easier for the enemy to spot and attack target acquisition teams that use emitter-based fire support systems".
The company said that HattoriX generates target co-ordinates faster than emitter-based systems, making it better for engaging time-sensitive targets.
The operator uses a touch screen that shows an augmented reality overlay of real-time C2 data to identify the desired target, at which point the mission computer automatically works out its location using a goniometer and photogrammetry algorithm.
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