This technology “for sure” could be added to the army’s next generation squad weapon

LAS VEGAS – An Israeli company, working with Sig Sauer, recently showed off a version of its high-tech smart fire technology that the U.S. military is currently evaluating as part of its Next Generation Squad Weapon Fire Control competition.

Smart Shooter Ltd. showcased their SMASH fire control system at a shooting day hosted by Sig for the 2020 SHOT Show. The SMASH is designed to help improve the accuracy of any shooter engaging fixed or moving targets in daytime conditions like at night, said Devin Schweiss of Smart Shooter Inc.

The SMASH “allows you to acquire, lock, and engage targets” using weapon-mounted optics and a special pistol grip that “allows the weapon to fire only when cured. ‘is a guaranteed hit, “he said.

“We are currently participating in the Next Generation Squad Weapon Fire Control competition… with similar technology,” Schweiss told “We are still adapting it, but it will be a very good solution.”

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Last summer, military weapons officials urged defense companies to design and build prototypes of an advanced fire control system to accompany the next-generation squad weapon (NGSW ) from the service, a 6.8mm system that includes rifle and automatic rifle variants to replace the M4A1 and M249. Squad automatic weapon in infantry and other close combat units.

Smart Shooter partnered with Sig, who was selected by the military, along with teams from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc. and Textron Systems, for the final phase of the NGSW effort. If all goes well, the service plans to begin equipping infantry brigade combat teams with NGSW variants and fire control systems in the first quarter of 2023.

Smartshooter Inc.’s SMASH fire control system features a special pistol grip that only allows the weapon to fire when the shot is properly aligned. (Matthew Cox /

The SMASH has a locking button mounted on the handguard of the weapon. The shooter looks through the SMASH optic, places the crosshair over the target, and presses the button to mark the target with a small rectangle.

As information is fed back into the computer, the shooter keeps the reticle on the target and pulls the trigger, but the weapon will only fire if the sights are properly aligned. If the target suddenly moves, the shooter continues to keep the reticle on the target. When the shot is aligned, the SMASH will fire the weapon, Schweiss said.

“While I hold this button down I’m acquiring targets by image processing.… Once I release it, it locks the target and gives me a point of aim,” he said. “Then I just hold the trigger down, line up my crosshair to where the system tells me, and the system will fire every time it’s hit.”

At any time, the shooter can fire the weapon without using the SMASH target lock feature if faster shots are needed at close targets, Schweiss said.

“It only takes about five minutes to learn and, once you’ve learned the movement, it’s quick,” he said.

– Matthew Cox can be contacted at [email protected]

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