Heard about gunfire identification systems? As we reported back in July, Newark, New Jersey has one called ShotSpotter. The U.S. Army has a few at forward bases whose location they ain’t sayin’ (Is there a BaseSpotter?). As you probably guessed, the systems analyze a bullet’s acoustic signature to pinpoint the shooter’s location. Some bright spark at the Pentagon reckoned that the Army should deploy the technology on each individual soldier, so that every man jack could locate they’re aspiring killer and, uh, kill them. And so, as militaryaerospace.com reports . . .
“The Army awarded a $38.4 million sniper-detection system contract to QinetiQ on 29 Oct. for 15,000 Individual Gunshot Detection Systems. QinetiQ produces the Ears Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System (SWATS).” So what if there are multiple attackers attacking from multiple angles all at the same time? Sigh. I’ll make the call later this morning . . .