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QNA Wins US Army Order For EARS Sniper Detectors

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McLean VA (SPX) Nov 25, 2008
QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group has announced a $9.95 million order from the US Army's Rapid Equipping Force (REF) for SWATS Soldier-Wearable Acoustic Targeting Systems. Part of the Ears Gunshot Localization System product family, SWATS soldier-worn units will be deployed to US Army troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan this year.

The deployment, expected to be complete by early next year, will also include QinetiQ North America personnel to provide training and field support.

This is the US Army's first large-scale deployment of any soldier-wearable gunshot and sniper detection solution.

According to Don Steinman, Director of Technology Marketing and Transition for QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, QinetiQ North America worked directly with the United States military to extensively test Ears, both in-theatre and in stateside demonstrations.

The results, he says, meet the US Army's requirement and give soldiers an important tool to help keep them safe. The Ears systems purchased by the REF will include next-generation sensors and rugged features that further address the environment in which the gunshot localization systems will be deployed.

"The soldiers gave us feedback and we acted on it," said Steinman.

"The result is a powerful, rugged, and lightweight gunshot localization system that helps the individual warfighter rapidly respond to dangerous situations."

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