Life and death decisions are made instantly during battle, and sometimes soldiers mistakenly shoot at their own men, thinking they are the enemy. But this doesn’t have to happen anymore thanks to a new innovation by an Israeli startup company.
In a few months, Israeli startup SafeShoot is expected to complete the development of a system that purports to significantly reduce, if not completely eliminate, cases of friendly fire. When you hear the entrepreneur leading the company and its development plan, cofounder and CEO Brigadier General (res.) Amir Nadan, you wonder why a country that invented and developed the Iron Dome and Arrow missile systems did not think of this earlier. "It's a small system that in the case of infantry is attached to the soldiers' personal weapon," he says. "The system constantly communicates with other systems installed on the personal weapons of soldiers from the same force. Before a soldier shoots at a target he has aimed at, the system 'asks' other systems whether one of them is in the line of fire. If the system detects a situation of future shooting by our forces at our forces, it warns the soldier about to shoot, thereby preventing an incident no one wants to happen."