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Boomerang is a Hit With Troops

August 4, 2011

A state-of-the-art new shot detection system called Boomerang III is protecting Troops in Afghanistan against small arms fire, the MOD announced today.

The acoustic shot detection system has been introduced in Patrol Bases and checkpoints on the frontline to alert troops immediately to the source of incoming fire. The system detects shots fired at bases and using a high tech display indicates the location of the enemy firing point, allowing troops to rapidly return accurate fire or move to safety.

Lance Bombardier Dyron Yard from 5 Regiment Royal Artillery has also been using the Boomerang at his Patrol Base in Helmand Province. He said:

“It triangulates the point where the enemy is firing from. It gives you a range and bearing so that you can put accurate fire on that target and neutralise it.”

State-of-the-art shot-detection system to protect against small arms fire. Picture: Cpl Andy Reddy RLC 2011

Captain George Shipman of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery has also been using Boomerang in Afghanistan. He said:

“We’ve had it here for about a month and already we’ve used it on a number of occasions where checkpoints have been engaged and it’s helped us to identify exactly where that firing point was.”

“Usually it would take us maybe ten seconds to identify a firing point using optics but the Boomerang speeds that up considerably.”

After examining emerging technologies to counter the small arms threat, the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) conducted extensive trials with the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU) and in theatre, and identified Boomerang III as the preferred solution.

Scientists then made recommendations to industry on how to improve the system and develop it into a capability to save lives on the front line.

Troops in Afghanistan receive early alert to small arms fire. Picture: Cpl Andy Reddy RLC 2011

Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology, Peter Luff, said:

 “Boomerang III is an innovative piece of kit which is already proving invaluable to those on the frontline. We are committed to researching, developing and delivering the very latest in technology that will give our forces the winning edge.”

Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, said:

“From concept through to delivery, the procurement of Boomerang has been a team effort across the Department and industry and I am pleased that this important capability is now in theatre helping to protect our troops.”

Hundreds of the Boomerang systems have been bought under a £20m contract with Essex-based company Maxord Ballistics Limited (MBL), which is the UK distributor for Raytheon BBN Technologies who make the system.

Mike Stephens, Technical Director for Maxord Ballistics Limited, who are based in Nazeing, said:

 “We are very pleased to be part of a strong team effort that has enabled Boomerang to be delivered to British troops on the front line as quickly as possible.

MBL and Raytheon BBN Technologies are committed to providing the best support for Boomerang to ensure that our forces have this life saving capability available night and day and in all the conditions in which they find themselves confronting the enemy.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 4, 2011 21:56

    The Boomerang is a concrete example of the aid that technology done to warriors and their lives and, extensibely, to Army.
    It is a good means of prevention and protection.
    Thanks technology and technologist!

    Claudio Alpaca

  2. Susan Riddell permalink
    August 4, 2011 22:16

    This is good news to have this technology of the Boomerang and within seconds can detect where the firing is coming from is a protection and will help to protect our troops.

  3. hectoranibal permalink
    August 8, 2011 15:22

    esta bueno ,la tegnologia al servicio de las tropasen combate.los que hemos estado vajo fuego enemigo sabemos lo dificil de detectar cuando te tirotean varios.
    saludos,chajari ( entre rios)

  4. hectoranibal permalink
    August 8, 2011 23:21

    que buenno que la tegnologia ayude a las tropas sobre el terreno,dandole mayor proteccion a los soldados

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