The system is designed to enhance the lethality of infantry fighters.
According to the company , the system performed well and were also tested at night using clip-on night vision devices. This means the IWOO final design configuration has been approved by IWTSD and will now move into low-rate production. In addition, the options for more IWOO systems under the contract with IWTSD were exercised.
In February 2020, the Department of Defence ASD SO/LIC’s ’Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) selected Smartshooter, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems, to develop the solution for its Individual Weapon Overmatch Optic (IWOO) project.
The IWOO program was initiated by IWTSD to provide tactical operators with overmatch capability against long-range static and moving targets, both day and night. Smartshooter won the competition and began development using proven technologies from its SMASH line of Fire Control Systems and inserting new capabilities such as a variable x1- x8 zoom – all stitched together with combat-proven fire control algorithms to assure the hit.
The IWOO system automatically detects, highlights, and tracks potential targets – including drones – using a see-through display which enhances the user situational awareness. Built-in fire control processing continuously calculates the optimal firing solution to provide the user with clear, discreet guidance, firing only with the best chance of neutralizing the target, delivering first-round hit capabilities time after time.
Michal Mor, CEO of Smartshooter said that the advanced systems is based on the unmatched capabilities of the SMASH Fire Control Systems.
“The SMASH IWOO solution will enhance force’s lethality, survivability, and situational awareness.”
Michael Trexler, special operation forces support coordinator / tactical offensive support program manager , at IWTSD said that there are a few minor adjustments being made to optimize performance.
“We are pleased with the progress demonstrated and look forward to conducting operational testing and evaluation using the dual-capabilities of IWOO prototypes in 2023 against ground targets at increased ranges and to take-down drones.”
Scott Thompson , VP &GM U.S operations of the Israeli company said that the system is will initially be supplied to the U.S special forces.
“Then we are sure that additional units will use it as it is a real game changer in the battle field and that will give the fighter first-hit capability.”