View Full Version : High-tech Device helps U.S.Troops Pinpoint Snipers

03-02-2011, 05:06 AM
Thousands of high-tech devices that attach to a service member's uniform and can locate a hidden shooter are being given to combat troops in Afghanistan to help stop a major source of casualties.

Gen. David Petraeus first requested the devices eight years ago when casualties in Iraq from gunmen and snipers were mounting, but they are showing up for widespread use only now.

In Afghanistan, enemy shooters have killed or wounded more than 4,500 U.S. troops in 2010 alone, Pentagon data show. Many shooters fire from mountainous terrain or in villages where it can be hard to locate the source of the gunfire.

"It will greatly increase our ability to go and destroy the enemy," Army Lt. Col. Chris Schneider, who manages the program, said.

The $2,000 device is the size of an iPod and contains technology that detects shock waves from a gun blast. The device locates the distance and direction of the blast. Within one second, the device gives a visual display of the shooter's location from as far as 400 yards.