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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.
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.