2. Individual gunshot detector
This monitor is able to track gunshots from the source of their sound â€“ trickier than it sounds, as good snipers can be tough to pinpoint, particularly in the stress of battle.
Soldiers simply wear the 2 lb. device about the size of a deck of cards. Four sensors attached to it analyze the supersonic sound waves of incoming gunfire and produce a readout on a display that gives the distance and direction of the hostile bullet rounds.
â€śWhen you get fired on, instead of trying to figure everything out, you will have technology to assist you in knowing what happened and where the shot was coming from,â€ť said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller with the Pentagonâ€™s Program Executive Officer Soldier division.
Since March, the devices have been arriving in Afghanistan at the rate of about 1,500 per month. The plan, say Pentagon officials, is to â€śstrategically distributeâ€ť a total of 13,000 of them to small units that specialize in dismounted (military parlance for walking) patrols.
Ultimately, Pentagon officials hope to link the technology to other networks, â€ścomplete with a helmet-mounted display screenâ€ť that uses global positioning satellite display technology on maps. The networks could then distribute that information to a unitâ€™s command headquarters, for example.
â€śHow about, if you get shot at, not only do I know where that came from, but others know where it came from because I can network that capability,â€ť said General Fuller. â€śWeâ€™re really trying to ensure that every soldier is protected.â€ť