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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

DARPA Eyes Small-Arms Detector for Helos

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked an advanced-technology solutions firm to develop an acoustic small-arms detection system for helicopters. The agency awarded a $3.6 million contract to Cambridge, Mass.-based BBN Technologies to develop a variant of its Boomerang shooter-detection system, 800 of which are in use in Iraq and Afghanistan in both mobile and static locations, according to the company. Because of the noise level inside the helicopters, crews cannot hear shots fired at them and therefore often do not immediately realize when they are under attack. The aim is to develop a system that will provide helicopter crews an immediate, real-time display and audio alert of small-arms attacks. For related news
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