Smart Shooter unveils multicopter gun system

by Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie

A multicopter armed with the Smash Dragon system. (Smart Shooter)

Israeli company Smart Shooter unveiled on 10 January its Smash Dragon system, which enables small multicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be armed with infantry weapons, saying it has completed live-fire tests and is in an advanced stage of development.

The Smash Dragon consists of a mount that it attached to the underside of the multicopter to carry the weapon, which can be various types of assault rifle, sniper rifle, or 40 mm grenade launcher. A version of the company's Smash fire-control system is fitted to the top of the weapon like a standard sight, the difference being that its view is transmitted back to the UAV's operator.

The Smash family incorporates target-acquisition and -tracking algorithms, as well as augmented-reality displays that tell operators where to aim to hit the designated target.

“Extremely lightweight and therefore allowing long mission endurance, Smash Dragon integrates a unique stabilisation concept with the Smash technology that enables the system to accurately hit static and moving targets while flying,” the company said in a press release.


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First Saudi THAAD sites expected to be completed in 2026

by Jeremy Binnie

Saudi Arabia's future Terminal High Altitude Area Defense sites. (Janes)

The first four sites for Saudi Arabia's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems are expected to be completed by the end of 2026 and all seven by April 2028, according to a document released on 15 August by the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of a request for proposal (RFP).

The RFP was released to find a contractor to monitor construction projects in Saudi Arabia that were listed in the document. It gave the estimated completion date for a storage facility for THAAD ballistic missile interceptors at Al-Kharj in central Saudi Arabia as January 2025 and the first battery site at Ras al-Ghar on the kingdom's Gulf coast as February 2026. This will be followed by the battery sites at Yanbu and Taif in the west and King Khalid Military City (KKMC) in the north later that year.


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Germany procures C-UAS capability from ESG

by Olivia Savage

BAAINBw has approved and acquired five ASUL C-UAS platforms (pictured) from ESG to bolster camp protection. (Bundeswehr/Dirk Bannert)

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has procured five counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UASs).

Known as ASUL, the C-UAS platform can detect, classify, identify, and neutralise small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) announced on the 15 August.

sUASs are defined by the Bundeswehr as platforms that weigh up to 25 kg.

A Bundeswehr spokesperson told Janes that ASUL was developed by Electronic System and Logistics Group (ESG) and that the procurement for five systems totalled EUR40 million (USD40.7 million).

Four of the platforms are intended to offer camp protection during operations, while the other platform is in use in Todendorf as a training system, the announcement detailed. ASUL was also used at the G7-Summit 2022 at Schloss Elmau, Germany, from 26 to 28 June, the announcement added.


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UK prepares for Land GBAD procurement

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The British Army Land GBAD MRAD capability will be an evolution of the Sky Sabre (pictured deployed in Poland), with the CAMM missile. (Crown copyright)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a prior information notice for the Land Ground Based Air Defence (Land GBAD) programme on the UK government's tender portal on 5 August. A market interest day will be held in Bristol in October to discuss the programme with the industry and examine possibilities for it to co-operate with the MoD.


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