Elbit Systems Demonstrated in Europe AI-Based Target Acquisition Systems

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Advanced target acquisition systems were demonstrated in Europe by Elbit Systems. HattoriX, the fire support system launched by the company at the end of 2018, recently completed a series of demonstrations for eight Western European countries. 

Operational with the Israeli Defense Force since 2019, HattoriX is a passive/active target acquisition system that uses Artificial Intelligence to enable Forward Observers and similarly tasked tactical teams to close sensor-to-shooter loops with three intuitive touches on a screen: a touch to acquire the target, a touch to issue the precise target coordinates, and a touch to send all of the target information to the fire systems. 

Photo: Elbit Systems

According to the company’s announcement, the capability demonstrations in Europe were performed in urban locations and in open fields, in both day and night, simulating a variety of operational scenarios. 

During the demonstrations, users had the opportunity to experiment, first hand, with the capability to passively and rapidly acquire Category 1 targets (Target Location error of a few meters), facilitating effective engagement of Time Sensitive Targets.

Featuring payload agnostic mission computer that runs proprietary software, photogrammetry algorithm and an Augmented Reality (AR) overlay of real-time C2 data, HattoriX performs automatic fusion of Geographical Information System (GIS) database, pre-loaded targets data, payload’s visual feed, and C2 information, thereby enabling the tactical user to intuitively issue CAT-1 targets without using any emitters, and seamlessly feed acquired targets and additional target information (image, video, description) into any Battle Management System.  

Interfacing with any Electro-Optical payload of choice, HattoriX consists of a Goniometer, a mission computer, a touch-screen display unit and a lightweight tripod. HattoriX also includes a remote-controlled configuration for extended force protection. 

Users include FOs, Forward Air Controllers (FAC), Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC), reconnaissance teams, field intelligence and Special Forces.

Photos: Elbit Systems