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Smart sights SMASH 2000 (Israel)

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SMASH 2000 collimator version


A few years ago, the Israeli company Smart Shooter Ltd. introduced the original "smart" sight for the rifle weapons called SMASH 2000. A small-sized device is capable of accompanying a selected target, determining and taking into account various parameters, and also firing at an optimal point in time - for maximum accuracy and accuracy of fire. The sight was of interest to the military of different countries, and the other day there was new interesting information about his trials.

Landfill - Syria


On May 30, the U.S. Department of Defense published photos from a training session of American fighters serving at Tanf base in Syria. During training fighters, fighters used standard M4A1 rifles equipped with new sighting devices of the SMASH 2000 family.

The fire was conducted on motionless targets. Another goal was the simplest box, suspended from a light UAV. With its help, they worked out shooting at a moving low-altitude target. As can be seen in the published pictures, the weapon with the original sight worked perfectly and ensured a reliable defeat of complex targets.


Optical sights

The Pentagon received a batch of Israeli sights in 2019 and handed them over in trials. Initially, the devices were tested at the training grounds, and now we are talking about military tests in the real combat zone. This suggests that in the near future the complex of M4A1 and SMASH 2000 will reach the battlefield.

Smart weapon


Smart Shooter Ltd. presented its first samples in 2018, but she immediately managed to attract the attention of the military of several countries. The development of the line, based on common solutions, continued, and now it includes four sights with different features. Due to this, it is planned to interest customers with different requirements.

In all cases, the basis of the complex is actually a “smart” sight mounted on a standard bar of a rifle. On the forearm, a remote control is attached, connected by a wire to the sight. Also, the weapon is equipped with an additional unit that controls the operation of the trigger mechanism. Declared compatibility with weapons on the platform AR-15; new sights for other weapons are being developed.

Smart sights SMASH 2000 (Israel)
Collimator SMASH 2000, rear view

The simplest SMASH 2000 sight is made in the form of an enlarged collimator system. In a large box-shaped base of such a sight, a video camera and a laser range finder, a computer and a battery are located. Optics lenses are displayed on the front wall, and control buttons are placed on the rear. There is a collimator frame on top. The SMASH 2000 Plus scope is offered. With the same design, it has more advanced algorithms. One of the main differences is the ability to provide firing at aerial targets.

There are optical versions of the sight. The SMASH 2000M day scope has an optical unit with a 4x magnification, on the sides of which electronic elements are located. In terms of functions, it repeats the simplest SMASH 2000. The night SMASH 2000N is distinguished by a larger 4x optical “tube” on board of which an electronic unit is placed. There are all standard functions of the line.

Sights of all versions have a length of less than 200 mm and a cross section of not more than 100x100 mm. The weight of the sight with additional devices is not more than 1 kg. A lithium-ion battery is used, providing 72 hours of operation or 3600 shots.


American Soldiers Test SMASH 2000 Plus

Principle of operation


By their functions and capabilities, the SMASH 2000 sights are similar to the fire control systems of armored combat vehicles - but in a compact design. There are all necessary functions: target tracking, ballistic computer and shot control. Some devices in the line have the ability to record video and other data to analyze the results of shooting. Algorithms have been developed to automatically detect a person and identify potentially dangerous targets.

Despite the complexity of the software and hardware, using a sight for a shooter is quite simple. Holding the weapon with both hands, the fighter must aim the aiming mark at the enemy and hold down the button on the forearm. After that, the sight will calculate the data for firing at the specified target and determine the optimal position of the weapon for an accurate shot. Then the arrow should hold the trigger - the shot is blocked by the corresponding block. To complete the shot, you need to combine the reticle with the target mark: when the weapon is at the desired aiming angles, the sight unlocks the trigger.


Target with traces of hits

It is claimed that when using SMASH 2000 accuracy and accuracy of fire are significantly increased, as well as the probability of hitting a target with a first shot; collateral damage is reduced. "Smart sights" can be used in various operations that require accurate shooting, including on moving targets. Finally, such devices reduce the requirements for the preparation of the shooter, since they take care of all the calculations.

Sights in operation


The premiere of products of the SMASH 2000 family took place in 2018, and soon the sights went to military trials. In the shortest possible time, two armies immediately became interested in this development and wished to test it in practice. Subsequently, another foreign army showed similar interest.

The first customer of the sights was the Israel Defense Forces. In May 2018, she announced the purchase of a number of such devices and the operational deployment in separate parts. High performance and potential of the sights were noted, but other details were not given due to secrecy.


Aerial target takes off

Just a couple of months later, in July of that year, it became known that Smart Shooter Ltd. agreed with Thales Australia to work together. Together, they presented their sights to the Australian armed forces. The soldiers and test officers praised the scope with their own computing tools, after which it was decided to purchase a certain amount for use in special forces.

Last year, the US Army received the SMASH 2000 Plus sights. Now these products are being tested in Syria. They were checked by shooting at fixed targets and at flying targets. Sights coped with such tasks and liked the fighters. It should be noted that the inspection of sights takes place in the immediate vicinity of the war zone. Recent photos were taken at the proving ground, but it cannot be ruled out that in the near future “smart” sights will go for a real operation.

Limited perspectives


SMASH 2000 sights from Smart Shooter Ltd. appeared not so long ago, but already managed to interest a few advanced armies. They passed military tests, the results of which were positive conclusions. The capabilities of "smart" sights were useful in various conditions when solving a wide range of fire tasks.


Flies and falls under fire

SMASH 2000 provide effective fire on stationary and moving targets on the ground and in the air at different distances, up to the maximum for a particular type of weapon. The customer has the opportunity to choose the products that most fully meet his requirements - from the simplest sight with a calculator to a combined day-night system with anti-UAV mode and recording.

However, new features come at a price. First of all, this is a significant cost of the sight - a “smart” product is several times more expensive than even the most complex collimator or optical sights. The second problem is a clear loss in size and weight. A kilogram sight makes it difficult to use relatively light weapons such as the M4A1 rifle. It should be noted and the presence of several blocks, the installation of which requires intervention in the design of the basic weapon. Finally, an expensive and complex sight in most situations can be replaced by a good shooter training.

Thus, a potential customer has to evaluate the pros and cons of SMASH 2000 sights and decide what is more important for him. Obviously, accuracy and fire efficiency are important for some countries and units, while excessive cost will be a decisive factor for others.


Speed ​​and altitude didn't help

This explains the limited success of Smart Shooter Ltd. Its sights interested several customers and even reached full operation. But the total number of customers is small and in no hurry to grow. In addition, all orders are made in the interests of special forces, which do not require particularly large batches of products.

It should be expected that this situation will continue in the future. New orders may appear, but all versions of SMASH 2000 will remain low-volume products for special customers. In addition, some deterioration is possible. Other companies are also working on their “smart” sighting systems, and their products can bypass the products of Smart Shooter Ltd.

However, no one will be able to take away from the SMASH 2000 line the honorary title of advanced development, which has demonstrated the capabilities of modern optics and electronics. Events of recent years show that such a status is quite capable of making a profit.
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Photos used:
Smart Shooter Ltd. / smart-shooter.com, U.S. Department of Defense / dvidshub.net
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  1. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 11 June 2020 18: 21 New
    17
    What progress has reached. request
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather 11 June 2020 18: 42 New
      +5
      what a "cooperation"! made in Israel, Americans are testing ...
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 11 June 2020 21: 19 New
        10
        In Israel, they tested it two years ago.
        And in a combat situation, including.
        We sell to Americans, so they test for themselves.
  2. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 11 June 2020 18: 23 New
    +6
    Well done Israel! It would be interesting to “test”. And yet - to know their price! Especially the "night light" option.
    1. Pvi1206
      Pvi1206 11 June 2020 19: 28 New
      -12
      Satan is quick-witted and dodgy ...
  3. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 11 June 2020 19: 27 New
    -5
    ultimately, AI will destroy its creators when it wakes up conscience ...
  4. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 11 June 2020 19: 45 New
    +1
    Interesting. Does the "target tracking" function just mean?
    What is it like? Does the trunk wrap? Or doesn’t let you shoot at another target until you destroy this?)))
    1. Professor
      Professor 11 June 2020 20: 24 New
      10
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Interesting. Does the "target tracking" function just mean?
      What is it like? Does the trunk wrap? Or doesn’t let you shoot at another target until you destroy this?)))

    2. Zeev
      Zeev zeev 11 June 2020 21: 45 New
      0
      This means that the camera captures the image of the target and holds an aiming mark on it.
      1. 013Azer
        013Azer 11 June 2020 22: 15 New
        +2
        This means that the camera captures the image of the target and holds an aiming mark on it.

        In fairness, in principle, this sight is not in a position to carry out any real adjustment of fire.
        Yes, this system of determining people / faces in the image (like in cameras) taking them into a frame, that is, tightly clings to the target with a red frame, and accompanies wherever the target moves. (Even in the most expensive reportage / fast cameras, AF tracking misses the target when, for example, low light or the target moves fast), and I doubt that this aiming device will follow the subject better than a professional reporting camera. But even if everything goes smoothly, the tracking system of this sight when sighting from far away will easily confuse a running dog or any other creature with a person, it will simply take a running dog (beyond a certain distance, it will definitely stop accurately separating any living moving creatures from people, and it’s not a person in the frame) and the soldier reacting quickly shoots the dog, and perhaps this will give out the entire ambush, his shelter, if this should not be done categorically, all sorts of tasks / operations happen. In nature, that is, in the mountains in the forests, there are definitely a lot of things that will fall into the sight, in addition to people, beyond a certain distance, the recognition and tracking system will definitely be mistaken.
        1. 013Azer
          013Azer 11 June 2020 22: 34 New
          +1
          The system simply finds people, draws a red frame around it and watches them, and you have to put the crosshairs of the sight on the detected target and shoot. What is the adjustment of fire, just a system of "help finding targets" such a name, I think it will be appropriate.
    3. Narak-zempo
      Narak-zempo 14 June 2020 12: 11 New
      0
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Does the "target tracking" function just mean?

  5. 013Azer
    013Azer 11 June 2020 20: 18 New
    +7
    The fully electronic scope has its pros and cons.
    As a photographer, I can say that many (and I, h.h.) have already switched from an SLR camera to a BZK (mirrorless camera) more because of EVI (electronic viewfinder) instead of OVI (optical viewfinder)
    At night, you can’t see anything through the JVI, when you yourself do not see anything, for example, in an almost dark street (or when you shoot in the Negro mine) you need to take a picture, look at the camera screen, see what happened, then shoot again if it didn’t work, and the EVI immediately in the viewfinder it displays a fully illuminated image, that is, an image with that exposure (illumination) that will be the result after shooting, when the photo appears on the screen. You already see the finished photograph through the viewfinder in essence. Slightly departed from the topic, sorry, but at night this electronic sight will be incomparably ahead of the optical sight. Plus, the electronic one will provide an opportunity for digital zoom, and the possibility of digital stabilization when a strong approximation and the image is shaking, while making optical sights attach a stub will break constantly, the optical system of the stub on springs is expensive and difficult to manufacture, and it will not be practical, it will be necessary handle weapons like a phone for $ 3000, you’ll drop somewhere, and all the stabs and lenses inside will shift where.
    But there is a significant minus EVI, a lot of battery eats. And the more pixels in the EVI there will be (at night it is more important, in fact the small screen inside the sight, the higher the resolution, the cleaner and sharper the image) the more energy will be consumed. A small battery inside the sight will last for 1 hour of combat, then change the battery again urgently, because it will turn off. Also not practical for a real war, from the word at all. If you just make the electronic and optical viewfinder at the same time based on the principle of FOV (translucent mirror - semi-matrix, semi-mirror - patent belongs to Sony), then you can. But the device itself will be twice as large, complex and expensive to manufacture. Again, fragile through chur.

    Last year, at the exhibition, I managed to hold in my hands a weapon with another similar sight. The Azerbaijan version of PKM for special units of our Moscow region and GPS, with the Elbit smartsight optical-electronic sight. With all sorts of buttons on top, and inside of this sight there’s nothing. GPS, rangefinder, compass, some kind of data transfer items (possibly images) to other soldiers in their tablets and electronic glasses, and a lot more, I think everything is on the Elbit website. For the first time he held PKM, asked to take a picture for memory.



    Here is this thing, top view, photo from Ineta
    1. pmkemcity
      pmkemcity 15 June 2020 05: 36 New
      0
      Yes! The future war is the battery war! This music will last forever if I replace the batteries.
  6. Operator
    Operator 11 June 2020 20: 47 New
    -1
    To get into a moving object, you need to make the aiming point forward in the movement of the object, i.e. aims at the void. The article does not disclose the property of the presented models to generate a brand of sight with a calculated lead relative to a moving object. If this is not realized, then the whole advertising lure about the ability to get into moving goals is a myth.
    1. DDZ57
      DDZ57 12 June 2020 03: 11 New
      +2
      What you are talking about is doing a target tracking machine and a calculator. This is all implemented in the DBM: the mark indicates the target, and the machine takes the target for tracking, as soon as the aiming angles are worked out, including taking into account the speed and direction of the target’s movement, a mark on the shooting resolution appears. Here, an anticipated (calculated point) is formed and the mark of the sight remains, which is aligned with the axis of the barrel channel to combine with the calculated point. The aiming mark and the anticipated point are movable relative to the screen on which they are formed and movable relative to each other and are controlled along two axes.
      1. Operator
        Operator 12 June 2020 03: 45 New
        0
        In advertising videos, everything is shown exactly the opposite - in the sight of the sight, the moving object itself is automatically surrounded by an electronic frame, and by no means the calculated lead place where you must manually aim the mark of the sight.
        1. DDZ57
          DDZ57 12 June 2020 06: 00 New
          +2
          There are several operating modes and this is also determined by the processor performance and, accordingly, by the battery, which leads to an increase in mass. Not always everyone shows in the video.
          In Israel, all this was worked out in the DBM, now they have switched to small dimensions, for example, cell phones, what a decrease in size over 5-7 years, and what an increase in potential. 3-5 years and the above will become commonplace with them.
          The same principle of operation in the EIA of automatic grenade launchers, when the munition of a trajectory detonation is used against the drone (when using a grenade launcher on a conventional machine): the AS is captured by a drone, the sighting mark is green, as soon as the mark is brought into the drone’s affected area it changes color to red, you can shoot, the ballcomputer will issue a command about the range of the BP.
          1. Operator
            Operator 12 June 2020 12: 23 New
            0
            I’m just talking about the fact that the ability to shoot ahead with a moving target for an Israeli product is not confirmed.
            1. Interdum_silentium_volo
              Interdum_silentium_volo 15 June 2020 15: 00 New
              +1
              It is very likely that this is already a resolved issue. That is, the automation itself corrects everything, and you only show the target, and then combine it with the brand that gives you the sight.
              You look at the sight, objects are allocated to you, you select an object, the sight takes it to escort and collect information, and gives you the mark on which you should take out the barrel. This mark already has all the corrections for speed, range, type of ammunition, etc.
              The only problem is the speed of updating the data, the goal changes direction and the further the greater the probability of error.
              Conventionally, a bullet from a machine gun flies for 400 meters for 2 seconds, and if the target changes its motion vector during this interval, the speed will inevitably be a miss. This is not taking into account the natural dispersion of the ammunition itself, the barrel.
              As a sight for a Marxman, a very good option, for a sniper other conditions, but for machine gunners a dubious decision, only for highly specialized units.
              1. DDZ57
                DDZ57 18 June 2020 16: 23 New
                0
                The speed of a machine gun bullet is more than 700m / s.
                Already, the small-sized radar of an unmanned vehicle determines the speed and direction of movement of interference on the highway. In fact, the same thing can be done with a bolometric matrix and a camera.
                1. Interdum_silentium_volo
                  Interdum_silentium_volo 21 July 2020 00: 27 New
                  0
                  No) many times no) First, look at how the speed decreases, and how the dispersion of an automatic bullet at a distance grows. So the further the less the chance, just an excessive complication, without progress in the quality of ammunition, nothing will come of it, with a multiple increase in performance characteristics.
                  Right now, every soldier wears an armor that reliably protects the body. So today a reliable and aimed shot can only be in the head, and when it comes to an assault rifle, these are not outstanding distances. The only thing that this scope will really do is save time and make aiming easier for the weak shooters (newbies) .But is it worth the money ?!
          2. pmkemcity
            pmkemcity 15 June 2020 05: 38 New
            0
            Quote: DDZ57
            the sighting mark is green, as soon as the mark is brought into the zone of the drone’s defeat, it changes color to red

            Now, color blind people only in the construction battalion.
            1. DDZ57
              DDZ57 18 June 2020 16: 25 New
              0
              What for. The brand may be black, white, etc.
        2. 3danimal
          3danimal 12 June 2020 11: 50 New
          +1
          To do this, you need a range to the target, ideally, even wind speed (if the range is 200+ m.
  7. V.I.P.
    V.I.P. 11 June 2020 21: 26 New
    +2
    Why are there no words "has no analogues in the world" or "has no analogues in Russia"? laughing Now pseudo-patriots will start shouting, this is not necessary for the Russian Federation ... Well, I think that everything that simplifies the defeat of the target is necessary ...
    1. igor novices
      igor novices 13 June 2020 12: 32 New
      +1
      JSC “Innovative Arms Technologies” is a developer of innovative products, as well as modern and unique integrated solutions based on thermal imaging equipment for hunting, anti-terrorist activities and security systems. One of the key activities of the company is the development of thermal imaging smart automated sighting systems, thermal imaging video surveillance systems and modernized radio-controlled products.

      The entire list of projects implemented by the company is aimed at introducing the most innovative options for solving modern problems. All the goals of our company are always achieved due to the fact that we are the leading system integrators in the market. The company conducts a full cycle of product development and maintenance, starting from research and development and experimental research, organization of production, and ending with serial production, design of facilities, installation and maintenance of equipment at customer facilities. JSC “Innovative Arms Technologies” makes quality products available.

      The company is a developer of its own exclusive software that is installed on the equipment we create.
      http://inwetech.ru/o-kompanii/
      SHEITAN MK2 100 - a multifunctional automated thermal imaging sighting system designed for civilian or military use, is installed on any type of small arms and provides:

      Target detection, recognition and identification;
      Measurement of distance to the target;
      Measurement of atmospheric conditions (temperature, pressure, humidity);
      Full ballistic calculation and wind forecast;
      Conducting targeted shooting in manual and semi-automatic mode;
      Orienteering, navigation, determining the coordinates of the target, reconnaissance and target designation;
      Automatic photo and video recording;
      Remote control.
      http://inwetech.ru/sheitan-mk2-100/
    2. Constructor68
      Constructor68 15 June 2020 08: 23 New
      0

      Why there are no words "has no analogues in the world" or "has no analogues in Russia" ....
      .... but I believe that everything that simplifies the defeat of the target is necessary ...

      First, learn how to use the contents of your cranium, and only then worry about “hitting the target.”
      This device in the near future will not enter service in droves in any country. This is a system for special forces. And for them it is always (with an appropriate assessment) if they do not make a small batch, then they will purchase it. There gunsmiths are no worse than you
  8. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 11 June 2020 21: 30 New
    +5
    Yes, a normal bauble. People without preparation completely cope.


    Quote: Operator
    The article does not disclose the property of the presented models to generate a brand of sight with a calculated lead relative to a moving object.


    And here, a bit it becomes clear how this device works. It's true, another 2018 model.
    1. Constructor68
      Constructor68 15 June 2020 08: 26 New
      0
      Yes, a normal bauble. People without preparation completely cope.

      And what's the point?) Not a single country will equip conventional motorized infantry with these devices anyway. A special forces must have appropriate training with such stray that without them.
      1. Vadim237
        Vadim237 18 June 2020 01: 14 New
        -1
        The United States will be able to spend 700 billion dollars each year on defense that they will not be able to buy 500000 such sights, let’s say for four years.
        1. Constructor68
          Constructor68 18 June 2020 12: 51 New
          0
          You obviously have zero information. about the US military budget. To begin with, I will say that the lion's share of these expenses is the operation of existing equipment and military facilities (200bn). About 135ml. goes to the maintenance of personnel. 80bn is R&D and so on. And only 104bn are purchases. And that’s all: both the Kyrgyz Republic and aircraft carriers and submarines and tanks and military satellites and even toilet bowls for the Pentagon. So do not think that there are those who want to throw on the right and on the left budget. Of course they are, but either their ass is well covered or the congress does not hold them for long
  9. stone
    stone 12 June 2020 07: 33 New
    0
    British SAS is also testing
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8304743/British-Army-tests-new-smart-rifle-scope-locks-targets-never-misses.html
  10. Whowhy
    Whowhy 12 June 2020 13: 26 New
    0
    "Good Masha, but not ours" ...
    1. igor novices
      igor novices 13 June 2020 12: 33 New
      +1
      JSC “Innovative Arms Technologies” is a developer of innovative products, as well as modern and unique integrated solutions based on thermal imaging equipment for hunting, anti-terrorist activities and security systems. One of the key activities of the company is the development of thermal imaging smart automated sighting systems, thermal imaging video surveillance systems and modernized radio-controlled products.

      The entire list of projects implemented by the company is aimed at introducing the most innovative options for solving modern problems. All the goals of our company are always achieved due to the fact that we are the leading system integrators in the market. The company conducts a full cycle of product development and maintenance, starting from research and development and experimental research, organization of production, and ending with serial production, design of facilities, installation and maintenance of equipment at customer facilities. JSC “Innovative Arms Technologies” makes quality products available.

      The company is a developer of its own exclusive software that is installed on the equipment we create.
      http://inwetech.ru/o-kompanii/
      SHEITAN MK2 100 - a multifunctional automated thermal imaging sighting system designed for civilian or military use, is installed on any type of small arms and provides:

      Target detection, recognition and identification;
      Measurement of distance to the target;
      Measurement of atmospheric conditions (temperature, pressure, humidity);
      Full ballistic calculation and wind forecast;
      Conducting targeted shooting in manual and semi-automatic mode;
      Orienteering, navigation, determining the coordinates of the target, reconnaissance and target designation;
      Automatic photo and video recording;
      Remote control.
      http://inwetech.ru/sheitan-mk2-100/
      1. Vadim237
        Vadim237 14 June 2020 15: 06 New
        -1
        Such an aiming system costs about 2 million rubles.
  11. Pandiurin
    Pandiurin 12 June 2020 15: 09 New
    0
    There is still not enough unit with a biaxial gyroscope. Those. Now a precise tip should be made by a person at the prompts of the guidance system. With a gyroscope, fine-tuning and a shot will be without human intervention. The shooter will have only the choice of target and the trigger confirming the destruction. Well, until the shot, hold the weapon in the direction of the target. Apparently, there will appear a special terminology such as semi-rigid seizure of weapons for a robotic shot, i.e. the butt is fixed rigidly, the trunk with the possibility of yaw under the action of a gyroscope.
    When fine-tuning the software, there may probably be the possibility of destroying a compact group target (which falls into the scope in angular dimensions), i.e. single shots at individual targets with quick retargeting to the next.
  12. Comrade Kim
    Comrade Kim 15 June 2020 19: 09 New
    0
    Quote: A. Privalov
    And here, a bit it becomes clear how this device works.

    Oh, it sounds like something.
    I can’t remember only.
    The device takes the target into the frame, you aim the sight, and press the trigger.
  13. Butchcassidy
    Butchcassidy 21 August 2020 07: 20 New
    0
    As soon as I read the description, a narrow range of applications immediately became clear. The weight is too large, hanging on the M4A1, which weighs less than 4 kilograms, +1 in the form of a sight is obviously a controversial decision.

    How necessary this device is for already trained special forces - I don't know. Someone probably needs it.

    In a combined arms battle, a thing is hardly very necessary + the battery of the sight when a bullet hits it (the probability is rather small, but still), it has a risk of explosion and causing additional damage.