US military rejects test system to prevent friendly fire


The US Army continues to test the so-called "smart" weaponswhose main task is to protect the military from "friendly fire". The weapon should either be signaled that in this direction the shooting should not be carried out due to the high probability of falling into one’s comrade, or block the very possibility of firing at such a moment. While the emphasis is on the first option.


They are trying to turn various existing versions of American small arms into the “smart” one. One of these is the 4 mm M5,56 automatic carbine.

Tests of special systems have been resumed, which allow the military to receive a visual and / or sound signal to prevent "friendly fire". Such a system operates in the case of equipping all unit soldiers with similar devices. And any soldier who does not have a “smart” system on his weapon will be perceived by the “smart” system of another soldier as an adversary. This is a peculiar version of the tactical “friend or foe” system, which is produced in several countries of the world, but has not yet received particularly wide distribution.

According to some reports, soldiers of special operations forces in Afghanistan tried to use something similar during tests in combat conditions.

However, the US military notes that the psychological effect of distrust of the system plays an important role. In conditions of bright light and dust, with the noise of battle, it is impossible to rely 100% on the fact that a light or sound signal will be perceived by the body adequately. Moreover, all human senses operate in a stressful mode, which can lead to an unpredictable reaction to the signal received from small arms.

In general, US Army personnel participating in the tests of "smart weapons" while the system was rejected. The human factor still prevails.

Now developers are trying to accentuate the signal from the “smart” system so that the fighter perceives it clearly even in a stressful situation.
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  1. Insurgent April 30 2020 09: 42 New
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    Resumed testing of special systems that allow the military to receive visual and / or sound signal to prevent friendly fire. Such a system operates in the case of equipping all unit soldiers with similar devices. And any soldier who does not have a “smart” system on his weapon will be perceived by the “smart” system of another soldier as an adversary.


    A bell in the teeth of everyone, and all business ...

    Game with a bell / Village of Fools. Play with a bell

  2. Pvi1206 April 30 2020 09: 43 New
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    A smart technique is programmed for a tough algorithm of action ... and programmers are ordinary people who can’t take everything into account at once ... so while the algorithm is brought to mind there may be victims ... remember two Boeing disasters ... they came from due to errors in the algorithm ...
  3. Irokez April 30 2020 09: 44 New
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    On all sorts of cunning and very smart (and even weapons) there are threaded bolts (screws, screws, all kinds of wedges). In a battlefield where electronics plays an important role, there will be electronic warfare and everything else that can turn off or vice versa turn on friendly fire.
  4. voyaka uh April 30 2020 09: 47 New
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    You need to get used to any innovation.
    When the first traffic lights appeared at the dawn of the automotive era,
    drivers were also shocked: "an additional factor of distraction from driving
    machine. "Accustomed ... laughing
    1. Volodin April 30 2020 10: 04 New
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      An interesting analogy. And what ... Really add three lights to the machine: red - stand, yellow - go, green - or! Nothing, get used to it ... laughing
      1. voyaka uh April 30 2020 10: 09 New
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        Friendly fire is a common and unpleasant thing.
        I myself was not miraculously killed by a "friendly" machine gunner through thickets of bushes.
        In that case, a warning light would help a lot.
        1. Vasyan1971 April 30 2020 10: 33 New
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          I myself was not miraculously killed by a "friendly" machine gunner through thickets of bushes.
          In that case, a warning light would help a lot.

          And this bulb will warn the insidious irreconcilable enemy that you are the one whom he has been looking forward to for a long time?
        2. Mik13 April 30 2020 10: 33 New
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          Quote: voyaka uh
          Friendly fire is a common and unpleasant thing.

          Somewhere there was evidence that in modern conditions, with the normal organization of hostilities, losses from friendly fire are about 15%. For obvious reasons, tactical command commanders are in no hurry to report such incidents to the command, if there is an opportunity to write off losses on the enemy’s influence.
          1. voyaka uh April 30 2020 10: 45 New
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            In the Israeli army, this is absolutely impossible.
            All clashes are investigated very carefully and extremely
            fair. In my case, there was also an investigation at the brigade level,
            although there were no casualties.
            Testimony was given by dozens of soldiers and officers.
        3. tarakan April 30 2020 16: 43 New
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          But what about a stranger after his? laughing
          1. voyaka uh April 30 2020 16: 57 New
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            "a stranger to his?" ////
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            Then emit a sector of fire. And the extreme soldiers of the two platoons get on their backs
            red flags so that the machine gunners of the fire support group could
            shoot only between them. We trained such things in exercises

            Or mine for a stranger.
            This, incidentally, is also a common and unpleasant situation.
            Often found in all kinds of environments and semi-environments
            enemy groups. For a machine gunner - a nightmare when in a straight line of fire
            behind the enemy - their own. Usually, in such a situation, cease fire.
            At least in the IDF it was like that.
            Machine-gun bullets keep destructive power away. The flight will kill its own.
            And all kinds of special forces are given short-range weapons with small slaughter cartridges
            force.
    2. Avior April 30 2020 10: 33 New
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      In aviation and on the air defense missile system
  5. knn54 April 30 2020 10: 16 New
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    An attempt to fight stupidity, gouging. do not care, in particular, to the allies.
  6. Vasyan1971 April 30 2020 10: 29 New
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    in this direction, shooting should not be carried out due to the high probability of hitting a comrade, or block the very possibility of a shot being fired at such a moment.

    Cool! It is enough to take some poor fellow hostage and go under his cover to the length of the MSL. Not to mention the different jambs, plugs, glitches and vicious Russian-Chinese hackers.
  7. SHURUM -BURUM April 30 2020 10: 52 New
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    Remove the provocative and inappropriate word "Smart" from the name and everything will immediately become much more real. The first operating automatic system "One's own - another's" (not on light bulbs)) for the battlefield somewhere in 2010 was made by the American company CUBIC. She was publicly tested in exercises and was praised by infantrymen and officers, as she confirmed all the stated requirements for the battlefield. I do not know the reasons why publications about the new achievements of the Cube abruptly ceased. Perhaps this is due to the secrecy of the topic, perhaps with some kind of dead end, which is the problem of automatic centralized delivery (with a high degree of stealth and resistance to interception) of new passwords to the equipment of the soldier every time. But if certain requirements are met, the equipment can work without using the words Smart and Magic. Do not forget, if the eye does not see something, then you will not succeed in shooting with aim. And if the eye sees, then the optical pair of the interrogator-responder see each other even better.
  8. Prisoner April 30 2020 11: 41 New
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    Fine. The main thing is to capture the "amulet" in captivity and walk with him by the arm. They can’t shoot in the direction of their own. laughing
    1. SHURUM -BURUM April 30 2020 11: 55 New
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      Do not go for a walk)). Patenting their brainchild, the Americans thought about it.
  9. Chingachguk 1 May 2020 08: 43 New
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    And if you need to call fire on yourself?
    Or, in principle, cannot such situations occur in the US military?